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The European Society of Cardiology research trailed two cohorts of people, including a group of 1,011 French people with the ages of 65 for 12 years and 122, 417 subjects aged 60 for about a decade.
The results were that the participants who were inactive; doing low physical activity, such as walking, weeding the garden, playing tennis or biking, reduced their risk of early death by 22%.
Meanwhile, those who engaged in mid-level activity reduced their risk of death by 28% and those who who did high level activity diminished their risk by 35%. The benefits ran out at two hours and thirty minutes of mid-level activity per week.
According to David Hupin of the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in Saint-Etienne, France, "age is not an excuse to do no exercise, It is well established that regular physical activity has a better overall effect on health than any medical treatment. But less than half of older adults achieve the recommended minimum of 150 minutes moderate intensity or 75 minutes vigorous intensity exercise each week."
“Fifteen minutes a day could be a reasonable target for older adults," Hupin added. "Small increases in physical activity may enable some older adults to incorporate more moderate activity and get closer to the recommended 150 minutes per week."
The point is that every little bit of workout counts. Actually, you may be fine with 10 minutes a day, as researchers have found that even 600 seconds adds some health benefit.