Today’s Headlines: Even 15 Minutes of Exercise is Beneficial, Whole Grains Linked to Longer Lifespan, and How Your Job Affects Your Workout Schedule

For seniors, fifteen minutes of exercise a day may be sufficient. A new study has found that even though senior citizens struggle to meet the government-recommended amount of exercise throughout the week, it may not be necessary as long as they are moving a little. “The study authors found that the risk of death lowered during the study as people exercised more. Even people with low physical activity levels, half the recommended amount, had around a 22% lower risk of death compared to inactive people. The researchers say that amount of exercise is the equivalent of a 15 minute brisk walk every day.” If you are age 60 or older, make sure that you are moving on a daily basis to help your health. (Time)

Eating whole grains may decrease your risk of death. Researchers have found a correlation between whole grains, which American don’t eat enough of, and longevity. “People who ate the most whole grains were about 16 percent less likely to die of any cause during the study than those who ate the least, almost 20 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and more than 10 percent less likely to die of cancer. For every additional serving of 16 grams of whole grains, cardiovascular disease-related death risk declined by 9 percent and cancer death risk by five percent…” The research suggests that we all should be adding more brown rice, oats, and other whole grains into our daily diets. (Fox)

Your job may be the reason you’re not exercising enough. A new study shows that your occupation can influence your exercise habits. “What they found was that overall, 43% of employed adults did not get the recommended amount of exercise. And people in production jobs, which likely involve more physical labor, tended to exercise less in their leisure time than people with managerial or more office-based occupations; 51% of people with production jobs failed to meet the exercise recommendations compared to only around 30% of people with professional and managerial jobs. In fact, people with more sedentary jobs reported the highest amounts of recreational physical activity.” Education was also flagged as an indicator for fitness: people with a higher education seemed to exercise more frequently. (Time)