15 Minutes of Exercise Adds 3 Years of Age
Most people think that an exercise will only be beneficial for health if it meets the standard recommended which is 30 minutes a day and five days a week. However, Taiwanese scientists said that exercising 15 minutes every day, can add three years of our age.
Providing time to exercise like brisk walking for 15 minutes a day gives beneficial impact for our health, says Chi Pang Wen, the lead researcher from the Taiwan National Health Research Institute.
“It is beneficial for anyone, men, women, young and old smokers, healthy and unhealthy people, doctors and patients,” said Wen, according to the Associated Press.
Their findings, which had been published in The Lancet medical journal, involved more than 416,000 participants over 13 years. The team analyzed the physical activity and health records every year.
After accounting the differences in age, weight, gender and various health-related indicators, scientists found that moderate exercise for 15 minutes a day increases life expectancy by three years compared with those who are inactive.
Daily exercise routine, he says, is also associated with lower cancer risk, and reduce deaths from cancer in one of 10 people. “Sooner or later, you will die. But the people who are active have lower death rates from cancer,” said Wen.
The results founded by Taiwan scientists is similar to studies in the past done on Caucasians. “There is no other study that specifically mention the appropriate length of an exercise. These findings are the first to say that 15 minutes of exercise is enough,” he said.
“We hope this will make exercise becomes more attractive for people who are not active. And, to allocate time for 15 minutes is not too difficult,” he said.