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Gentle daily exercise is as good for elderly men as stopping smoking

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2683 (Published 18 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2683
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Thirty minutes of physical activity six days a week in older age is linked to a 40% lower risk of death from any cause, which is as beneficial as giving up smoking, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found.1

The researchers based their findings on 5738 Norwegian men who first enrolled in the Oslo I study in 1972-3, during which they had a full health check and completed a survey about their weekly …

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