Longevity is just a few steps away

It’s that time of year again: the New Year fervour has begun to wane, the spirit of resolution is becoming diluted with the realities of daily life, and those running shoes are looking less attractive.

But a study published this week should give you an incentive to get your heart pumping: if you are inactive – whether you are fat or thin – a 20-minute walk a day could reduce your risk of an early death by between 16% to 30%.

The study, which included 334 161 European men and women over a period of more than 12 years, was published this week in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition. It found that physical inactivity could have been responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity in some European countries in 2008.

Read it at the M&G.

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