WHO recommends 15 minutes daily walking to improve productivity and life expectancy

Source: Mercopress

The world economy could be boosted by as much as US$100 billion a year if employers successfully encouraged their staff to meet World Health Organization guidelines on exercise, according to an analysis of the economic impact of the activity.

Adding an extra 15 minutes of daily walking, or jogging a steady 1km each day, would improve productivity and extend life expectancy - leading to more economic growth, the study by the health insurance group Vitality and the think tank RAND Europe found.

The economic boost would come from lower mortality rates - in other words keeping more people alive, working and contributing to the economy for longer, the study's authors said, and from employees taking fewer days off sick.



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