Physical activity and the decrease in mortality

Exercise decreases mortality risks

Many studies have revealed that exercise reduces premature mortality and independent causes of death.

A French study from `INSERM', covering 5000 individuals from different countries, revealed a decrease in death rates for people who are physically active compared to those who are inactive. These results are not related to age or to the cause of death. Men appear more at risk than women.
According to this study the reduction in mortality varies from 2 to 58% according to the type and level of activity.
An extra burning of 1000 to 1700 Kcal per week has been shown to reduce mortality.

A 30% decrease in mortality

A prospective study published at the end of 2007, targeting 250.000 individuals, demonstrated that carrying out physical activities of even a moderate intensity for example at least 3 hours per week, at a rate of 30 minutes per day or high intensity at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week, signifies a 30% reduction in the mortality risk.

Cardiovascular mortality

The majority of studies suggest that even if practiced only moderately, physical activity is gives substantial health benefits and reduces cardiovascular mortality.

Exercise needs to be ongoing

According to an INSERM study, past physical activity is only effective if continuously carried out throughout life and does not give any protection long term if stopped.