Exercise enthusiasts have an ally in Xifeng Wu, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of MD Anderson’s Department of Epidemiology.
Her recent study of more than 400,000 participants in a Taiwan cohort evaluated different volumes of physical activity and questioned whether fewer than the currently recommended 150 minutes a week of exercise is enough to reduce mortality and increase life expectancy.
- Monitor inactivity prevalence and factors behind it.
- Protect safety of exercisers.
- Offer services for inactive people to gain skills for sustainable exercise.
- Warn the public of the hazards of inactivity.
- Ensure the medical community fulfills its responsibility to reduce inactivity.
- Raise money or find funding to encourage physical activity and discourage inactivity.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Taiwan cohort study found:
- 15 minutes of exercise a day can extend people’s expected lifespan by three years, compared to those who are inactive.