Experts recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes of intense physical activity, each week to reap “substantial” health benefits.
Some of these benefits include a reduced risk of premature death, cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Mental health is also believed to benefit from a more active lifestyle, as exercise improves cognitive function and reduces the likelihood of having depression.
Walkers at lower risk of all-cause mortality
A study revealed that, compared with no physical activity at all, as little as under 2 weekly hours of walking correlated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality.
Additionally, meeting or exceeding the national guidelines for physical activity by twofold through walking alone was linked with a 20 percent decrease in mortality risk.
The difference in outcomes between those who met the recommendations and those who exceeded them was minimal.
Walking seemed to do the most good for preventing respiratory disease-related mortality. More specifically, more than 6 hours of weekly walking was associated with a 35 percent lower risk in this type of mortality, compared with those who were the least physically active.