Weekly Workout Can Lower Risk Of Death for People Over 60 [ Current Affairs ]

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About Study: A new study research that even a little weekly physical activity controls the risk of death among those above 60 years of age. The researchers searched databases for studies which measured risk of death according to weekly physical activity for those aged 60 and above.

  1. Physical activity was measured in Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) minutes, which express the amount of energy (calories) expended per minute of physical activity.
  2. The study involved a total of 1, 22, 417 participants, who were observed for an average of around 10 years.
  3. Collective analysis of the data showed that clocking up less than 500 weekly MET minutes of physical activity was still associated with a 22 percent lowered risk of death compared with those who were lazy.
  4. Health is depends on physical activity of an individual who engaged in the activity.
  5. Reaching a 28 percent lower risk of death for those fulfilling the recommended weekly tally of MET minutes, while more than 1000 MET minutes was associated with a 35 percent lower risk.
  6. The greatest benefit seemed to them who went from doing nothing or only a minimal amount of physical activity to doing more.
  7. The data showed that a weekly tally of 250 MET minutes, which corresponds to 75 minutes of moderate to energetic physical activity - or 15 minutes a day - was associated with health benefits, added to which the first 15 minutes of physical activity seemed to have the greatest impact.

- Published on: August 11, 2015