Exercise to increase your life span
We all hear that exercise is good for you – it helps fight heart disease, can prolong your life, reduces stress, and improves brain function. For many of us though, finding time to exercise can be tough between taking the kids to school, feeding the pets, going to work... So how much is enough exercise to ensure we are at least getting some of these benefits?
Combining the results of existing international studies, researches found that individuals who generally only managed minimal physical activity gained the greatest health benefits from light or moderate activity.
This is brilliant news for those of us who like to walk and cycle. This means that simply walking to work (or perhaps simply walking to the next bus stop) all contributes towards your daily “hour” of exercise.
The first thing to do is read our article on incidental exercise and exercises for the time poor. If you can manage to grab 40 minutes in your commute to and from work (that’s only 20 minutes each way) then the next step is to add an additional 20 minutes actual exercise time.
This 20 minutes is your time to relax and unwind. Perhaps you go for a walk after dinner to unwind after your day? Or if you’re an early riser wake up 20 minutes earlier and go for a walk around the block (or two).
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