Short Bouts Of Exercise Pay Huge Dividends

Short bouts of exercise pay huge dividends

As many of you are aware, doctors persistently encourage their patients to exercise every day, even if it’s just a short walk. A little exercise is a lot better than no exercise. A new study of almost 1/2 million shows that walking for as little as 5 minutes a day could significantly increase the quality and longevity of one’s life:

You don’t have to run a marathon, or run at all, to reap impressive health benefits from exercise. In fact, if the average adult walked 6 1/2 hours a month - or about the same amount of time it took that pregnant athlete to finish the marathon - he could add three years to his life, according to a new study.


“It doesn’t take a lot. You don’t have to be super intense, like a triathlon or an Alcatraz swim,” said Dr. Moshe Lewis, a California Pacific Medical Center physician who specializes in pain management and sports medicine. “Only 15 minutes a day, that’s not much. It’s great for people to know that walking around, doing some stairs, that’s getting a cardiac regimen going.”


One study of more than 400,000 adults in Taiwan - the same one that showed minimal exercise can add years to someone’s life - found that 15 minutes of moderate exercise, six days a week, reduced the risk of death by 14 percent compared with people who aren’t active at all.


U.S. guidelines suggest at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, and doctors generally agree that more exercise is better than less. Still, just getting patients out the door for a few short walks a week could do wonders.

Read this 2 page article on SFgate.com

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