In the rush of our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to exercise. Luckily, you don’t have to invest too much time to reap nationwide rewards. A new study shows that if every US adult over 40 walked just an additional 10 minutes each day, we would collectively prevent 110,000 deaths in the country each year.
The researchers used data from a study that ran from 2003 to 2006, where scientists tracked participants’ physical activity for a week. Researchers then tracked death rates through 2015 in a mortality follow-up and analyzed the data against trends, in minutes, for how long participants were physically active. They found that 10 extra minutes of exercise per day, in addition to normal daily activity, was associated with an 8 percent decrease of total deaths among men, and a 6 percent decrease of total deaths among women. The paper was published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine…
Though the message is not novel—we all know that exercise is good for you—inactivity still contributes to a significant portion of deaths in the US. A 2019 study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 8 percent of deaths are “attributed to inadequate levels of physical activity,” a statistically significant culprit for adults aged 40 and older.
This is something I learned when a lot younger. It certainly feels good finding out this part of my lifestyle continues to be recommended by study and science. Not that I’m surprised. All told, it feels good and statistically, I’m ahead of the curve for old geezers. Geek or otherwise. A retiree, I put in at least 45 minutes a day. Most of that exercise walking.