A sedentary lifestyle kills. You already know that.
And for some folks, it can be difficult to get the necessary amount of movement to maintain good health.
Fortunately, there’s a “minutes-a-day” approach that can help.
In fact, this “less is more” tactic makes exercise goals a little easier to attain.
And now, according to the latest research, it may just SLASH your all-cause mortality (death) risk.
Let me explain…
10 minutes or less
Researchers analyzed physical fitness data from more than 7,000 individuals, aged 85 and older.
Participants completed questionnaires to assess how much time they spent on the following:
- Leisure activity—like walking at a slow pace
- Moderate activity—like cycling or brisk walking
- Vigorous activity—like running
Ultimately, those who walked at a slow pace for at least one hour per week slashed their all-cause mortality rate by 40 percent, compared to sedentary peers.
That’s less than 10 minutes a day!
In addition, their risk of cardiovascular mortality dropped by 39 percent…
All from 10 minutes or less of daily casual walking.
Every little effort counts
This was an observational study, so it cannot prove causation. But… who cares?
Study after study highlights the benefits of exercise. And it’s becoming abundantly clear that it doesn’t exactly matter what you do, or even how long…
All that matters is that you DO something.
After all, ANYTHING that gets you up and moving will help you live a longer, healthier, happier life.
I especially enjoyed reading this study because it looked at an activity that’s free, accessible, and easy for most people to do: walking.
(Not to mention, walking is the most common type of physical activity for older folks.)
So now that you know you don’t have to commit an entire day to exercise—or follow a sweat-drenched, vigorous daily routine… what are you waiting for?
Get up… and MOVE!
Until next time,
P.S. Learn how walking can even help protect your memory in the January 2022 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The one New Year’s resolution that’s sure to stick”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to become one!
“One hour of walking per week may boost longevity for octogenarians.” MDedge, 08/24/2022. (mdedge.com/cardiology/article/257393/acute-coronary-syndromes/one-hour-walking-week-may-boost-longevity)