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Exercise really can extend our life.

EXERCISE really can give you a new lease of life, new research suggests.

A large study found that as little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce the risk of dying by 14% and increase lifespan by three years.

More exercise led to further life gains. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%.

Exercise was also seen to have a very protective effect against cancer.

People classified as "inactive" had an 11% higher risk of dying of cancer than those in the "low-volume" activity group.

Cancer deaths fell by 1% for each additional 15 minutes of daily exercise after the first 15 minutes.

The study, published today in the online version of The Lancet medical journal, involved more than 400,000 people.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2011
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