You May Need Less Exercise Than You Think

There is no doubt that whether you want to lose weight or just get healthier that exercise needs to be a part of your daily routine.  However, there have always been arguments over just how much exercise is needed.  Science may not have a definitive answer.

In a study published in the viewpoints section of JAMA, existing evidence was reviewed and concluded that the length of time you need to exercise to see results isn’t as long as you might think.

The author of the study wrote that a mere 15 minutes of moderate activity a day was enough to reduce the risk of early death.  Running 5 to 10 minutes a day reduced the risk of early death due to heart disease.

This is less than the U.S. Centers for Disease control recommends, but it is still more than what most American adults actually do.

Doing more than the recommended 15 minutes will produce more noticeable results, the JAMA report suggests that even a small amount of regular exercise is enough.

There have been countless studies about exercise reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, dementia, and some cancers.

In addition to looking at the minimum requirement for exercise, the JAMA study also looked into the point where exercising more shows no more benefit.  The study showed that exercising more than 100 minutes per day did not further reduce mortality rates.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that more exercise is bad for you.  Only physical inactivity has been shown to have adverse health effects.

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