Friday, 22 March 2019

Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, cancer: Study

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A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday (Mar 19).

People who walked or gardened 10 minutes to an hour each week had an 18% lower risk of death from any cause compared to full-on couch potatoes, researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Two-and-a-half to five hours weekly of such "moderate physical activity" - broken into segments of no less than 10 minutes - resulted in a 31% reduction in risk, they found.

And those who clocked up at least 25 hours almost halved the risk.

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