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A 2015 research carried out by Cambridge University researchers found that walking for 20 minutes daily can increase your lifespan by years, and a lack of exercise has killed twice as many people as obesity.

The researchers studied 334, 000 people and found that walking daily or its equivalent would cut the risk of premature death by almost a third; however, the researchers could not say how many life extra could be gained.

According to the lead researcher, Ulf Ekelund: “This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.

“Although we found just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this – physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life.”

The researchers found that even the obese could expect a 16% reduced risk of dying early, while those with healthy weight could gain by 30%.

The researchers estimated that 337,000 of 9.2million recorded deaths of European men and women were attributable to obesity. But twice this number – around 676,000 deaths – could be blamed on inactivity.

The researchers suggest that just a modest increase in physical activity can have health benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you take 20 minutes more walk and have an increased life span.