A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states that walking or gardening for at least 10 minutes a week reduces risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other related illnesses.

The researchers studied data from more than 88,000 adults with ages ranging from 40-88 in 1997-2008 and figured out related deaths registered in 2011. A minute of running, fast cycling, and other competitive sports was counted as two minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking, gardening, or dancing. Only activities that lasted 10 minutes or longer were recorded.

People who engage in least 10 to 59 minutes per week of moderate activity, such as gardening, had an 18% lower risk of death from any of the above illnesses while those who had 150 to 299 minutes weekly decreased their risk by almost 31%. All based on the specific time period that covered the study.

The authors also said that longer and heavier exercises are more beneficial to one’s health but physical activities for leisure have benefits, too. That is why the researchers are promoting any kind of physical activity for prolonging the life of the general population. 10 minutes isn’t so hard, right?

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