Everybody knows exercise is – or would be if they did it — good for them. You may say yeah yeah yeah – but I don’t have the time. WRONG! You do. A study in the British medical Journal The Lancet proves it.
The study followed more than 400,000 people for eight plus years. They kept exercise diaries. Those who spent just 15 minutes a day in moderately intense physical activity had a 14 percent lower death rate, and an average three more years of life. That’s proof that even a little exercise is good.
Not surprisingly, more is better. 15 minutes a day more — a total of just half an hour — meant an additional 4 per cent decrease in deaths. But the magic minimum is just fifteen minutes a day. The sad proof of that is the control group, who did no exercise, and had a 17 per cent higher death rate.
The general recommendation for exercise is at least 150 minutes a week, just a little bit more than 20 minutes a day. That is still 20 minutes more than a lot of people allege they have. Well kiss that excuse goodbye. 15 minutes will do you. Even a little exercise is good. More is better. But some is always better than none.