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Everyday exercise ‘has greater-than-expected health benefits’

26th January 2018

Taking part in low-intensity exercise as part of day-to-day living can deliver greater health benefits than expected.

This is according to a new study from the Karolinska Institute, which analysed how different levels of physical activity among 1,200 people across Sweden affected their mortality rate due to cardiovascular disease and other causes 15 years later.

It was shown that considerable health benefits can be achieved not only from moderate or intense physical activity, but also from everyday tasks such as standing, walking and doing household chores.

Replacing half an hour of sedentary behaviour a day with low-level activity was linked with a 24 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, rising to 38 percent for ten minutes of moderate-to-intense activity, and 77 percent for 30 minutes of vigorous exercise.

Maria Hagstromer, senior lecturer at the Karolinska Institute's department of neurobiology, care sciences and society, said: "This is a unique study, since we've been able to analyse a large number of people with objective measures of physical activity for up to 15 years."

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