How many minutes of exercise can make us live longer?
New research suggests that you may only need 11 minutes of exercise each day to live longer.
People who sat for about eight to 10 hours daily, but managed to clock about 11 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise a day, were less likely to die than those who only got about two minutes of exercise a day, according to a study published in the British Journal of Medicine.
Research has long shown that exercise can improve your life expectancy, because it lowers your risk of developing age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
On the other hand, sedentary activity, which is any low-energy activity that involves sitting, reclining or lying, is linked with disease and early death.
It’s not clear exactly how much physical activity people need to counteract the effects of sitting all day, but this new research shows that a little bit of movement each day is better than none — and could have an effect on your lifespan.
Taking a brisk walk and raking the leaves in a yard are considered moderate-intensity activities. Jogging, running, taking a strenuous fitness class, hiking and even carrying heavy groceries upstairs count as vigorous exercise.