Walking another 33 minutes more lowers your risk of death by another 15%.
All that talk about walking being the best form of exercise? It’s true.
A large-scale study by the American Cancer Society found that just two hours of walking every week lowers the risk of dying from heart diseases, diabetes and cancers by 20 per cent, compared to not walking at all.
Two hours of walking a week works out to about 18 minutes of walking a day. Doable, right?
Though the Health Promotion Board recommends 150 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity exercise a week, hitting 120 minutes is enough for you to experience the health benefits.
Of course, the more you step, the more benefits you get. The study found that six hours of walking a week (51 minutes a day) lowers the risk of dying from heart-related diseases by 35 per cent. Heart disease and stroke account for one-third of deaths in Singapore. An estimated 16 people die from those every day, according to the Singapore Heart Foundation.
The point of this matter: Walk, no matter how short the distance.
“Walking has been described as the ‘perfect exercise’ because it is simple, free, convenient, doesn’t require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age,” said Dr Alpa Patel, who led the study.
We can’t agree more. Check out our favourite ways to clock more steps.