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Researchers quantify the benefits of exercise

8 Nov

While it may be a no-brainer that regular physical activity can have many health benefits, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have found out that even modest exercise can add 1.8 years of life expectancy over age 40.

“Modest exercise,” as defined in the study included activities such as 75 minutes of brisk walking per week.

“Physical activity above this minimal level was associated with additional gains in longevity. For example, walking briskly for at least 450 minutes a week was associated with a gain of 4.5 years,” said I-Min Lee, MD, associate epidemiologist in the Department of Preventive Medicine at BWH and senior author on this study. “Further, physical activity was associated with greater longevity among persons in all BMI groups: those normal weight, overweight, and obese.” Continue reading