A new study explores how even minimal exercise can have huge health benefits. While it might not whittle your waist rapidly, science now proves that it’s better than doing nothing at all.
Researchers at the University of Sydney found that those who workout just twice a week had a lower chance of dying from cancer, cardiovascular disease, or any other cause than those who were sedentary.
These people clocked 75 minutes/week of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes/week of moderate exercise in just two sessions. They analyzed the surveys and found that the mortality risk for active adults—even if infrequently—was 30% lower than those who rarely or never exercised. So just two moderate exercise sessions a week can quite literally save your life.
It is very encouraging news that being physically active is associated with a lower risk of death, even among people who do some activity but don’t quite meet recommended exercise levels. However, for optimal health benefits from physical activity it is always advisable to meet and exceed the physical activity recommendations.