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Physical activity and all cause mortality in women: a review of the evidence
  1. Y Oguma1,
  2. H D Sesso1,
  3. R S Paffenbarger, Jr2,
  4. I-M Lee1
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  2. 2Division of Epidemiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Oguma, College Alumni Health Study, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA;
 yoguma{at}hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

A computer assisted literature search was performed (Medline, 1966–2000) to examine the association of physical activity with all cause mortality in women. It was concluded that, by adhering to current guidelines for physical activity and expending about 4200 kJ of energy a week, women can postpone mortality. The magnitude of benefit experienced by women is similar to that seen in men.

  • physical activity
  • fitness
  • mortality
  • women
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