A new study has just given you the most achievable fitness goal of your adult life: spend 150 minutes (or 2.5 hours) a week doing physical activity to become a healthier person.
The researchers found that people who exercised 2.5 hours a week were less likely to have heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular disease, and overall, the likelihood of death was much lower. Specifically, “the lancet” studies in different countries on average seven years later received a study of 130000 people, found those at least 2.5 hours per week movement of the risk of a pre-term birth was reduced by 28%, a 20% lower risk of heart disease. The more people exercise, the healthier.
And besides the good news, this exercise doesn’t have to be on the strength level of the CrossFit, or even a 30-minute treadmill. The paper recommends 150 minutes of walking and housework each week to make participants healthier, as if they were in a gym.
Basically, any physical activity that interferes with your sitting is very beneficial, including cheap (or free) physical activity.
“I would give up the idea of having to put money into it,” study lead author Dr. Scott Lear told Vox in an email. “Our findings suggest that non-recreational activities – work, housework, active transport – are also beneficial for reducing early death and risk of heart disease.”
Break down and move your body about 21 minutes a day. There’s no way to argue that you don’t have the time and/or energy to commit to this minimum fitness. Just more sweeping or lunchtime walks.
And we know that if you’re working on a marathon, or trying to get the butt muscles you’ve been thinking about, you might need to do more. But if you don’t work out, the 2.5 hours will surprise you.