We all know exercise makes you healthier, but how much does it take to live longer? Turns out, not very much. According to a new study published in The Lancet, just 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise like brisk walking can add years to your life.
Researchers looked at the health records and activity levels of 416,000 participants for 13 years, and after taking into account differences in age, weight, sex and a range of health-related indicators, they found that just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day increased life expectancy by three years compared to those who remained inactive, according to MSNBC. Researchers also found that getting this amount of activity was linked to a lower incidence of cancer and cancer-related deaths.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.