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Walking 20 Minutes A Day Could Add Years To Your Life

University of Cambridge researchers found being inactive may be twice as deadly as being obese.

By Madison Burke | January 15, 2015

Researchers say just a 20 minute walk a day could add years to your life.

University of Cambridge researchers released a study that found being inactive may be twice as deadly as being obese.

In addition to early death, physical inactivity has already been associated with heart disease and cancer.

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To find out about the link between inactivity and early death, researchers analyzed data from more than 334,000 people already participating in a nutrition and cancer study.

They found a greatest variance in premature deaths was between those who were moderately inactive and those who were completely inactive.

Study authors estimated exercising the equivalent of walking briskly 20 minutes a day reduces the risk for premature death by up to 30 percent.

Researcher Ulf Ekelund said, “Although we found that just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this -- physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life."

Researchers found the impact was the greatest with people of a normal weight, but there were benefits for overweight people, as well.

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