The suggestion was to walk for 30 minutes daily but now it seem that it’s 10 minutes longer than what is required according to latest studies.
A new study suggested it will need only a brisk 20-minute walk daily to reduce the risk of premature death, according British researchers.
This recommendation was based on the latest research study led by Professor Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council (MRC) epidemiology unit at University of Cambridge. He said, “We found that just 20 minutes would make a difference. Physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life,”
The research was done by evaluating data of 334,000 European men all over Europe participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study.
The researchers measured height, weight and waist circumference of the participants for more than 12 years and applied self-assessment approach to gauge physical activity levels.
The reduced risk of premature death between idle individuals and a not so idle individuals was determined by combining work and exercise-related activity
“Doing exercise equivalent to just a 20 minute brisk walk each day would take an individual from the inactive to moderately inactive group and reduce their risk of premature death by between 16-30 percent,” the authors explained.
People with normal weights benefited most according to the research including those with higher BMI.
The team came to the conclusion using the latest data on mortalities in Europe that out of 9.2 million deaths in both men and women 337,000 die of obesity-related health conditions.
If we take into account the reason of deaths due to physical inactivity the figure will increase to 676,000.
“Encouraging people to make small but achievable changes in physical activity can have significant health benefits and may be easier to achieve and maintain,” added professor Nick Wareham, director of the MRC Unit.
The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.