Massive worldwide study shows clear benefits of even small amounts of exercise; moderate exercise brings even greater benefits - The Lancet

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Higher recreational and non-recreational physical activity was associated with a lower risk of mortality and CVD events in individuals from low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries. Increasing physical activity is a simple, widely applicable, low cost global strategy that could reduce deaths and CVD in middle age.

MoBikeFed comment: This is a small excerpt from the massive worldwide research study that establishes, more clearly than ever, that even a small amount of regular exercise has huge health benefits, and more exercise brings even greater benefits.

This is the message we have been bringing home to Missouri for years: Even a little basic exercise a few times a week has huge benefits.

That could mean something as simple as housework, yardwork, walking or cycling around the neighborhood, or walking to work. Just a few minutes every day is all that's needed.

For those who are able, taking this up to the next level brings even more benefits. This generally means more extended walking, bicycling, hiking, running, or other cardiovascular exercise daily.

The benefits are huge--if exercise were a drug, it would be a multi-billion dollar blockbuster.

These are the results of the world's largest-ever study of the effects of physical fitness, with over 130,000 participants in 17 countries.

This New Scientist article breaks down the results and everyday ramifications at a more readable level: