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Increasing Daily Physical Activity By 10 Minutes May Benefit Adults Over 40

It is well known that daily physical activity provides a number of health benefits. According to a new study, if adults in the US increase their moderate to vigorous physical activity by just 10 minutes per day, it could result in 110,000 fewer deaths per year.

For their study, researchers from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants included 4,480 adults over the age of 40. They wore accelerometers for 7 days that measured daily physical activity. Death rates were tracked for 10 years.

The researchers found that increasing moderate to vigorous activity by 10 minutes per day resulted in 111,174 fewer preventable deaths annually, a decrease of 6.9%. Adding 20 minutes resulted in a 13% decrease and adding 30 minutes resulted in a 16.9% decrease.

The study was published online ahead of print on January 24, 2022 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

A previous study found that 15 minutes of light daily exercise may also reduce the risk of death.

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