A quarter of an hour of daily physical activity for seniors is a reasonable goal that would reduce their risk of mortality.
15 minutes of daily sporting activity would improve the health of seniors and reduce their risk of mortality, according to the results of a study a reasonable goal easier to achieve than the 150 minutes of sport per week recommended by health professionals.
THE RISK OF DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTENSITY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SENIORS Physical
the activity was measured in the Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) minutes per week, which reveals the following levels of inactivity:
1 MET minute = amount of energy spent sitting.
Between 3 and 5.9 MET minutes = activity of moderate intensity
6 MET minutes = vigorous intensity activity Recommended exercise levels equivalent to 500 to 1,000 MET-minutes / week. The authors examined the associated risk of death for the four intensities of weekly physical activity measured in MET.
15 MINUTES OF SPORTS ACTIVITY REDUCES THE RISK OF MORTALITY OF SENIORS
The results of the study showed that the risk of death decreases as the level of exercise increases. Compared with those who were inactive, people with low, medium and high activity levels saw their risk of death reduced by 22%, 28%, and 35% respectively.
“We found that the low level of activity, which is half the recommended amount, was associated with a lower risk of death among seniors compared to those who were inactive by 22%,” said Dr. OZ. “This level of activity equals 15 minutes of brisk walking each day.”
“Age is no excuse for not exercising,” said Dr. Oz, “It is well established that regular physical activity has a better overall effect on health than any medical treatment. But less than half of seniors reach the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise each week. “