Walking 2 ½ Hours a Week Can Be Lifesaver, Say Researchers

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 12:34 PM

 

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A new British report finds that as little as two and half hours of walking per week can save lives by lowering stress levels and keeping us healthier and happier.

Leading UK charity Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support released their "Walking Works" report, which claims that tens of thousands of lives could be saved every year in the UK alone if people got up off the couch and started walking.

A new study published last week in the British Medical Journal found that exercise is just as good as taking medication for some health conditions, including heart diseases. Also, a separate study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention revealed that walking at least an hour a day could significantly cut a woman's risk of breast cancer.

The latest report recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, including brisk walking, cycling, and gardening.

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