We have reported how consistent exercise has been shown to reduce cancer, heart disease and diabetes risk, improve brain power and keep your disease-susceptible genes “silent.” Now, Germany’s Society of Neurologists and the Stroke Society have reported that a mere 15 minutes of exercise a day can extend life expectancy.
Over 400,000 participants in Taiwan had their health status checked regularly over eight years.
The study found that 15 minutes of exercise a day made a surprising contribution to improving overall health. The more a person exercised, the less chance they had of developing illness and disease.
The mortality (death) rate for those who exercised was 14 percent lower than those who were inactive. This resulted in a projected extension of life expectancy by three years as well as a reduced chance of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease.
What We Have to Say: The 15 minutes of exercise in this study is half of what the World Health Organization and other exercise groups recommend. If you have a limited time for exercise, do at least 15 minutes. We still recommend performing at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week or a total of at least 150 minutes a week.