No More Excuses. You Do Have Time to Exercise!

September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

According to a new study, exercising for just 15 minutes most days of the week can do a body good. While thirty minutes of physical activity is the recommended minimum amount of exercise we all should get each day, the results of a 12-year Taiwanese study of over 400,000 people published recently in the medical journal, The Lancet, concludes that a mere 15 minutes of exercise can be beneficial to your health.

The researchers say 15 minutes of physical activity a day resulted in a 14 percent reduction overall in death, a 10 percent reduction in cancer mortality, and a 20 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease. Additionally, life expectancy increased by three years.

Each additional 15 minutes of physical activity brought a decreased overall death risk by an additional 4 percent. The researchers believe these results indicate the first 15 minutes of physical activity each day results in the most benefit.

So even if you can’t squeeze in the recommended 30 minutes, 15 minutes of exercise is a good start. The researchers hope the study’s results will encourage inactive people to get moving.

Source: The Lancet

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  • 1. Fanny Waist Pack  |  September 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yes we do have time to exercise! There are ways to get in the 15 minutes even for really busy people. A friend of mine jumps rope for 15 min on his lunch break. It could even be broken down into 5 min increments. Thanks for the inspiration.

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