Even 15 Minutes of Exercise Per Day Reduces Death Risk

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A new clinical study shows that as little as 15 minutes of exercise per day, or 90 minutes per week, can significantly reduce the risk of premature death.


As I discuss in detail in my recent book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, regular exercise not only decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, but cancer as well.  Most experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise per day, and for at least 5 days per week.  You might respond to this recommendation by saying that you are simply too busy to spend this much time exercising (although, in truth, almost all of us can meet this goal if we are truly committed to living a healthy life…), and so you might, instead, simply choose not to exercise at all.  Well, what if I told you, then, that even shorter periods of moderate exercise, when performed regularly, can still significantly reduce your chances of early death due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses?

An important new prospective public health study from Taiwan appears in the current issue of the prestigious journal, The Lancet. In this extremely large study, 416,175 volunteers (199,265 men and 216,910 women) were followed for an average duration of 8 years. Based upon the amount of weekly exercise claimed by each volunteer, these men and women were then divided into 5 different groups: inactive, low, medium, high, or very high levels of weekly physical activity. This huge cohort of clinical research volunteers were then closely observed during the course of this public health study.

In this study, the volunteers in the “low” exercise group, who exercised for an average of only 92 minutes per week, were 14 percent less likely to die of any cause when compared to the “inactive” group volunteers, and these “minimal exercisers,” on average, lived for 3 years longer than the non-exercisers! Moreover, for every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise above the minimum of 15 minutes per day, death from all causes was reduced by an additional 4 percent, and death due to cancer wasreduced by an additional 1 percent!

Importantly, the beneficial health effects of even modest-to-moderate levels of exercise were experienced by all of the volunteers in this clinical research study, irrespective of age or gender. (Even volunteers with cardiovascular disease experienced these same significant health benefits from modest levels of regular daily exercise.)

The results of this enormous prospective public health study make it clear that even as little as 15 minutes of moderate exercise per day, or 90 minutes per week, can yield impressive health benefits, including a significant decrease in the risk of death due to all causes (including cancer), and a significant increase in lifespan.  Therefore, although most of us really can set aside at least half an hour per day, 5 or 6 days per week, to engage in moderate exercise, even more modest levels of regular exercise are still very worthwhile.  So, for those of you who are avoiding exercise altogether because you feel like you are unable to put in at least 30 minutes per day, the results of this important research study will, hopefully, motivate you to get up off of that couch and go out for at least 15 or 20 minutes of daily exercise!


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Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity

Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author

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One Comment on "Even 15 Minutes of Exercise Per Day Reduces Death Risk"

  1. Rosy on Tue, 1st May 2012 10:09 pm 

    Thank you Doris for your kind words and sharing the story of your loss. It is alawys encouraging to hear of other parents who have gone through a tragedy such as this and still maintain a life of sorts. You are brave and should be proud of what you have accomplished. When my 4 year old twins allow, I will take more time to read through your sites. Until then JASON FOREVER FOREVER JASON

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