15 Minutes of Exercise Per Day Adds 3 Years to Life, Study Finds

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"Climb stairs, park in the far corner of the lot, towel off vigorously; there are a myriad number of ways we can engineer exercise into our lives," Thompson said. "I get a kick out of the folks who join the gym and then take the elevator up two flights or hire someone to do the lawn."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults work in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week (i.e. jogging or running) each week.

"If this study encourages people who are entirely inactive to get a little exercise into their lives, it will have done some good," Blumenthal said. "But I do hope that the study does not lead people who are exercising for the recommended 150 minutes per week to cut back to 90 minutes per week."

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