Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"Light exercise" reduces death risk by 60%

I took up the bicycle purely as a way to lose weight, when I realized it was out of control.  But for many, there is not as obvious a trigger for action as the number on the scale.  A new study gives us a really good number to get us onto a bike:  60% increased survival rate for those who do light exercise.  The increase was seen by those who did only 50 minutes of walking or bicycling three-times-a-week, saw huge gains in their survival rate.  This was especially pronounced for those under high stress from their jobs or other life circumstances.

If you ever needed a reason to get onto two wheels, this has got to be it!

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shadowmom1 said...

I walk 30-60 minutes, 5 days a week. I wonder if the easy walking I do would qualify as "light exercise".

Sean said...

According to the article:
Just 30 minutes of jogging or cycling three times a week has amazing results for people with heart problems – the UK’s biggest killer – a study has found.

So, yes I assume you would qualify.