A Little Exercise Has Big Benefits
Weekend warriors, rejoice! A new study suggests that one or two lengthy, sweat-breaking bouts of exercise per week—like running distance races or playing team sports—will net you significant health rewards, such as a 30 percent lower chance of dying early compared with couch potatoes. And that’s even if you don’t quite meet the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. Both women and men appear to reap the same benefits. Based on health surveys collected between 1994 and 2012, the study included 63,591 adults in the United Kingdom, whose average age was 58. Current recommendations still call for 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Jan. 9, 2017