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According to a study from Cambridge University, 20 minutes per day is all you need to live longer. A research team studied 334,000 people and found that a modest amount of physical activity every day prolonged life and the least fit had the most to gain.

Just a brisk daily walk of 20 minutes could cut your risk of premature death by one third. The research leader, Ulf Ekelunch said, “‘This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive. Although we found just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this – physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life.”

Professor Nick Wareham, director of the Medical Research Council epidemiology unit at Cambridge, said, “Helping people to lose weight can be a real challenge, and whilst we should continue to aim at reducing population levels of obesity, public health interventions that encourage people to make small but achievable changes in physical activity can have significant health benefits and may be easier to achieve and maintain.”

20 minutes of physical activity per day is definitely something that every single one of us can manage. It could be a walk around the block or it could be taking the stairs instead of lifts and escalators at shopping centres – small things that clearly have a huge impact.

So today tell us, how do you plan to get 20 minutes of physical activity into your day? Or, how do you already make sure you have 20 minutes of physical activity in your day? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below… 

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  1. while this is probably true, these studies always make me smile, unless you have 2 of the same person, one who exercises and one who doesn’t and you wait till they both die..how can they possibly tell if it works or not? I have heard of many people dieing whilst excising, we should do everything in moderation

  2. Exercise is a must as our body declines as we age. Unfortunate for wheelchair bound people. Swimming or hydrotherapy is great gentle form of exercise…if you can find a pool

  3. I do this already,and find that if I can’t go for whatever reason I feel deprived,used to go to the gym but I prefer to walk.

  4. If liver and kidneys and thyroid etc are functioning well, it’s about 23 minutes actually to get the BMR to kick in. So 25 minutes should be the bottom line ay!

  5. My mum is 90 years young, she has never exercised, walked, eaten fruit or vegetables and she is doing very well. I think it is in your genes , if you have bad genes these things may help.

  6. I walk 30 mins per day. 15 minutes to the hot bread shop, Buy cream buns or whatever else calls me, and 15 minutes back home.

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  7. I get in the pool look at the clock and swim hard for twenty mins. Every bloody day and walk the dog three kms. Some days you have to fight with yourself to do it, but the benefits outweigh not doing it. I look around and see all these chubby seniors and think just move it, or at least refrain from those treats because they are what is shortening your life. You are what you eat!

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    • I walk for 55 -60 mins four times a week, my diet is so healthy and boring it is unreal. BUT I still have a stroke at a month short of my 62nd birthday. I don’t care what anyone says…… 90% of it is in the genes.

  8. My Labrador is the best way of keeping me fit half an hour twice a day,but I,m in my seventies and he is eleven so it’s getting more difficult for both of us

  9. I am a true believer. Have been exercising daily for 3 years and notice the benefits at 66. Will continue until I am 80.
    Plus a healthy diet…….essential. If we adopt a dedicated approach we can all work until 70/75.

  10. I like getting off my bum and enjoy the fact that I am free of any ailments or chronic pain. I put it down to always. exercising . I now love my 3-5 km walks along the beach each day. 🙂 P.S. I not doing it so that I can live longer just have a good quality of life, that all!

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