We all know that exercise is important for living a healthy life, and even a happy one, but science has once again given us another reason to get up and get moving.
According to research published in The Lancet, a well-respected medical journal, just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost your life expectancy by three years - as well as cut the risk of death from common causes such as cancer and heart disease by up to 14%.
Other studies have found that exercise also reduces your risk of certain diseases significantly. Carolyn Dean, MD, and a Medical Advisory board member at the Nutritional Magnesium Association says: "One study found that only two-and-a-half hours of brisk walking a week cut the risk of diabetes by 30%."
Regular exercise can also lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stoke, and ward of Alzheimers disease according to Dean.
Any exercise is better than nothing, and it's bets to choose something that you actually enjoy. But some types of exercise have been found to be better life-boosters than others. One study found that the top exercises for longevity were tennis, swimming and aerobics.
"Among the people who did 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week, people who played racquet sports had a 47% lower risk of dying during the nine-year study than people who didn't exercise" Dr. Dean said.
Walking, swimming, Tai Chi and strength training are all excellent exercise options too, according to Dr. Halpern, MD, an emergency medicine physician at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre.
So there you go, even just 15 minutes of exercise a day can help you live longer, even if that's just your walk to the bus stop, or getting some fresh air during your lunch break!