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Walking 20 minutes a day could stop you dying early

Research has found that twice as many deaths are connected to lack of exercise compared to being obese.

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A DAILY TWENTY minute walk could reduce your chance of dying early.

A study at the University of Cambridge found that a lack of exercise has a greater chance of causing someone to die early than being overweight.

The research showed that twice as many deaths were connected to lack of exercise compared to being obese.

The study was carried out on 334,161 European men and women. Their height, weight and waist circumference were measured over a 12 years and they were also asked about their levels of physical activity.

Almost a quarter of those who took part were inactive as they were not taking part in recreational activity and had a sedentary job.

The research found that a 20-minute brisk walk everyday was enough to lift this inactive group into the lower risk moderately inactive group – reducing their risk of early death by between 16-30%.

The results of the study led by Prof Ulf Ekelund are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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