According to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, walking for an extra ten minutes daily may also add years to your life.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the health records and mortality rates of 4,840 participants aged 40 to 85 to determine if small increases in their activity level prevented deaths.
They also measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity based on data gathered from volunteers, who wore accelerometers for one week. The devices measured how active the volunteers were for the duration of the study. (Related: These boots were made for walking: Increase your walking time to enjoy multiple long-term health benefits.)
According to the results, the risk of dying from any cause dropped as exercise levels increased.
The researchers also estimated that:
Meanwhile in the U.K., death data from the Office for National Statistics suggest that adding 10 more minutes of exercise into one's daily routine could result in 10,000 fewer deaths annually. The researchers also found that men would benefit most from an increase in exercise, with 10 minutes more per day reducing eight percent of total deaths. Additionally, fatalities among women would go down by at least 5.9 percent.
The study also revealed that with 10 minutes of exercise, deaths would drop:
Dr. Pedro Saint-Maurice, the study's lead author, said that the results should encourage older adults to increase their physical activity.
"To our knowledge, this is the first study to estimate the number of preventable deaths through physical activity using accelerometer-based measurements among US adults while [recognizing] that increasing activity may not be possible for everyone," explained Saint-Maurice.
Walking is a great exercise if you want to maintain a healthy weight without spending too much money on equipment or if you're looking for a low-impact activity.
Try the tips below to turn your daily walk into a walking workout:
Boost your overall health by incorporating a 10- or 20-minute walk into your daily routine.
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