Results of a study out of the International Journal of Epidemiology strongly suggest that even a little bit of exercise goes a long way. In this case, a long way in preventing death.
The researchers found that just 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity could reduce mortality by 19% compared with people not exercising at all. Exercising for an hour every day could lessen the risk of death from all causes by 24%.
The biggest benefits were experienced by those who went from no physical activity to moderate exercise.
That means that if you're not exercising at present, maybe even if you haven't exercised in years, you can still benefit from appropriate movement. Even moderate exercise offers significant health benefits, although walking didn't appear to offer as much benefit as more vigorous fitness activities.
You know you need to exercise, and everyone knows it can be hard. The answer? Treat it like part of your job - you've got to exercise to be at your best in everything you do, to feel as good as you can, to live healthily as long as you can. Invest in yourself by setting aside time to move. Talk with your doctor first about how best to get started, and get moving soon.
Just 30 minutes of appropriate moderate exercise a day, just 5 days a week, can help you live longer and healthier.
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