Mini workouts boost your health – Harvard

As an old retired guy, I don’t have much time pressure in my life these days, but I remember how imposing work,  family and social obligations can be on your schedule. Don’t let that keep you from working on living a healthy life.  As Harvard says in this Women’s Healthwatch post, it all counts.

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Good news for people who struggle to find time for exercise: every little bit matters, even if your “workout” is broken up throughout the day. To come to this conclusion, researchers who published their results March 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association looked at data from 4,840 people ages 40 and older who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2003 to 2006. People who spent the shortest amount of time in moderate or vigorous activity — 20 minutes or less daily — had the highest risk of dying during the roughly six-year follow-up period. But those who got at least an hour of moderate or vigorous activity cut that risk in half, and those who got at least 100 minutes a day cut their death risk by 76%. And they didn’t have to get those 100 minutes all at once. Even short bursts of activity at different points in the day added up to reduced risk.

According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services:

Adults 18 to 64 should get:
2.5 hours/wk of moderate intensity exercise.
OR 1.25 hours a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity
Or Some combination of the above – equivalent episodes of at least 10 minutes spread throughout the week.

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Filed under cardio exercise, Exercise, exercise benefits, Harvard, living longer, longevity

2 responses to “Mini workouts boost your health – Harvard

  1. redteareviewblog

    Hey thanks so much for the article – love it and super helpful! Makes me feel better about my current regiment. Any thoughts on detox drinks specifically teas as a way to round out your efforts? I’ve heard some good things about the red tea detox but cant make up my mind. Seems like an easy way to help my health goals, but it’s not free I can justify the price especially since it’s on sale but would love to hear your opinion as an expert. Thanks!

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    • Thanks for your comment. Sorry, but you seem to have hit on one of my blind spots. I don’t know about detoxing. All I can say is eat inteligently and exercise regularly.

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