Physical activity that makes you puff and sweat is key to avoiding preventable early death, the findings of the large Australian study of middle-aged and older adults showed.

"The benefits of vigorous activity applied to men and women of all ages, and were independent of the total amount of time being spent active," said lead author Klaus Gebel from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

For the study, the researchers followed 204,542 people for more than six years, and compared those who engaged in only moderate activity (such as gentle swimming, social tennis, or household chores) with those who included at least some vigorous activity (such as jogging, aerobics or competitive tennis).

The study classified participants into separate groups: those who reported that none of their physical activity was at a vigorous level, and those who reported that up to 30 percent or more of their activity was at a vigorous level.

The mortality rate for those who reported upto 30 percent vigorous activity, was nine percent lower than those who reported no vigorous activity.

For those whose exercise routine was vigorous for more than 30 percent of the time, the rate of mortality was reduced by 13 percent.

The findings appeared in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


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