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Health benefits from light physical activity and moderate to vigorous activity


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Keith Diaz, assistant professor of behavioral medicine says that

"... a way to stay healthy is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week",

Previous studies tended to look at the impact of one type of activity or another in isolation.

"What we don't know is the best combination, or cocktail, of ingredients needed to prolong life",

The benefits of 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise depends on how you spend the rest of the day.

Sebastien Chastin, professor of health behavior dynamics says that

"30 minutes of physical activity per day, currently recommended ..."

Sitting isn't as bad for your health as smoking, but balancing sedentary time and physical activity is important.

"... right balance between moderate-to-vigorous exercise and sitting to help longer, healthier life".

Multiple combinations of activities reduced the risk of early death by 30%.

Research by Columbia University Irving Medical Center published in British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Good news: Multiple ways to achieve the same health benefits from exercise

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British Journal of Sports Medicine

The journal of sports and exercise medicine is published semi-monthly and co-owned with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)

Columbia University's Medical Center.

Keith Diaz

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Sebastien Chastin

Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and Ghent University