Even short-term physical activity minimizes the risk of cardiovascular diseases and premature death, said scientists at Duke University (USA). The authors, who published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reports EurekAlert!
Experts analyzed data obtained during long-term studies involving 4840 people older than 40 years. The monitoring for volunteers was carried out from 2003 to 2006, while the subjects wore accelerometers to quantify their daily physical activity. The national database scientists have determined that in 2011, survived 4140.
It turned out that those whose physical activity lasted less than 20 minutes a day, the risk of premature death was the highest. Hour loads reduced the chance of premature death by half, and 100 minutes by 76 percent. The health benefits bring using stairs instead of lifts and brisk walking.
According to the recommendations of the Ministry of health and social services, moderate exercise should be given at least 150 minutes a week, they should be a set of exercises lasting more than 10 minutes. However, the results of a new study show that the activity can be sporadic and the required time can be accumulated throughout the day.