Regular exercise was found to boost longevity in a new study.
The enormous study was conducted by the National Cancer Institute, which found that just a few minutes of cardiovascular activity per day significantly prolonged lifespan.
The study used data from six major studies involving more than 632,000 people.
The Los Angeles Times said that researchers found that those who exercised regularly were twice as likely to survive the length of the study than those who did not do physical activity.
Those who did the recommended amount of physical activity lived on average 3.4 years longer than others who did not, said the study.
The study even found that severely obese people who get 2.5 hours of exercise per week live longer than normal weight sedentary people.
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“Adding even low amounts of leisure time physical activity to one’s daily routine, such as 75 minutes of walking per week, may increase longevity,” wrote the study authors, reported MinnPost.
“This finding may help convince currently inactive persons that a modest physical activity program is ‘worth it’ for health benefits, even if it may not result in weight control.”
The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE.