30 minutes of daily exercise lowers disease risk

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 21, 2015

Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Quick Bites

  • Daily exercise keeps body’s systems functioning better.
  • It keeps heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases at bay.
  • Daily exercise reduces the risk of diseases by 50 percent.
  • Elderly men should try to be more physically active to prevent diseases.

Want to feel better, want energy boost or perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise! Regular physical activity keeps body’s systems functioning better. Also, it keeps heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases at bay.


exercise to reduce death risk


In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, just 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week among the seniors was found to have boosted physical activity levels significantly.


The study by researchers of Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo based on the analysis of 15,000 men, found daily exercise to be as good as giving up smoking. The subjects were examined over a 12-year period. It was found that the risk of death from any cause among elderly reduced by 40 percent if they engaged in physical activity every day.


The Results

  • Less than an hour a week of light physical activity was not associated with any meaningful reduction in risk of death from any cause.
  • More than an hour was linked to a 32 to 56 percent lower risk.
  • Less than an hour of vigorous physical activity reduced risk between 23 per cent and 37 per cent for cardiovascular disease and death from any cause.
  • The more time spent doing vigorous exercise reduces risk for diseases and death by 36 to 49 per cent.


exercise for seniors


According to the study authors, those who regularly engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity during their leisure time lived five years longer (on average) than those who had a sedentary lifestyle. They concluded that more efforts go into encouraging elderly men to become more physically active.

The study results suggest that it could be used as one of the health strategies targeted for the elderly. And, doctors should take efforts to inform patients about health problems that can be prevented by exercise.


Images : Getty

Read more articles on Exercise and Fitness.

Write a Review
Is it Helpful Article?YES1032 Views 1 Comment
Post a Comment

Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.

  • Purushotam27 May 2015

    Daily exercise can do wonders. Another reason to exercise!

  • All
  • Article
  • Slideshow
  • Video
  • QnA

    Medical Miracle

    India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?