A recent US study has found that just 20 to 40 minutes of brisk walking can reduce the risk of death in elderly men by a whole 50pct. By comparing the death rates in men aged between 70 and 92 who were sedentary with those of varying levels of fitness, the researchers found that for every two minutes of exercise the mortality rate dropped by 10 per cent. The exercise tests showed that for every 100 men who died in the very low fitness group, 74 died in the next group up, 54 in the moderately fit group, and 46 in the high fit category. "The overall message is that although ageing and death are inevitable, the rate for both can be modulated by simply maintaining a physically active lifestyle at any age," the Telegraph quoted Dr. Peter Kokkinos, from the Veterans Affairs Medical Centres in Washington and Palo Alto in California, as saying. "Although I cannot guarantee that regular exercise will add years to your life, I am quite certain that it will add life to your years. It is important nevertheless to emphasise moderation," he added. Kokkinos advised that exercise should be started slowly and gradually. The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona. Source: ANITAN << Drunk Brits - Banned From Pubs! Most Brits Believe Credit Crunch Will Soon Be History! >> Recommended Reading A 15-minute Brisk Walk can Curb Chocolate Cravings Can't get enough of chocolates even while you're on a strict diet? Well, don't lose heart, for your weight loss plan can still be a success - all you need to do is fifteen minutes READ MORE Brisk Walking may Reduce Menopausal Anxiety, Stress and Depression A new study has suggested that physical activity by menopausal women can help reduce a variety of psychological symptoms such as - anxiety, stress and depression. READ MORE Health Experts in US Call for ‘strength Training’ for the Elderly Weightlifting need not be the passion of youngsters alone. In fact more and more elderly should sign themselves up for such conditioning, US experts suggest. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Diseases Related to Old Age Ageing is referred to the accumulation of changes that brings a person closer to death. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Hospital Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Find a Doctor More News on: Death FactsDiseases Related to Old AgeBereavementBody Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?