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EXERCISE SAVES 4m LIVES; Fitness 'outweighs effects of bad diet and drink'.

Byline: GREGORY KIRBY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

EXERCISE prevents up to four million early deaths each year, says a study.

Data from more than 160 countries, analysed by researchers from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities, showed at least 3.9million people a year lived longer due to physical activity.

The study authors argued that the findings should celebrate healthy lifestyles, to balance what they called a "one-sided narrative" focused on warnings about the risks of idleness, poor diet and drinking.

Health experts estimate that 3.2million globally die prematurely each year due to lack of exercise, but the researchers believe the number of deaths averted by exercise should reframe the debate.

Dr Paul Kelly of Edinburgh University asked: "Can we look instead at population activity levels and estimate the health benefits to society?" Globally, physical activity was found to cut the number of premature deaths by an average of 15 per cent. An estimated 26,600 early deaths were prevented per year in the UK.

Sixty-four per cent of British people were found to meet the World Health Organisation's global recommendation, which is at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity weekly, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity.

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Author:GREGORY KIRBY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 18, 2020
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