Minimal Physical Activity Confers Mortality Benefit

Bruce Soloway, MD


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This cohort study cannot establish causation, but an average of 15 minutes of daily exercise — half the recommended amount — was associated with significantly lower 8-year mortality and cancer incidence. Many people might find this modest level of exercise more achievable than the recommended level; its potential benefit could encourage inactive individuals to introduce some level of exercise into their daily routines.


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