Dr. Mercola: Even Short Bursts of Exercise Can Decrease Disease and Risk of Death

Video Source: WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | merola.com

  • Recent research shows physical exercise does not need to be done in bouts lasting at least 10 minutes to lower your risk of death.
  • The more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity you get, the lower your likelihood of death, regardless of whether that activity is done in bouts lasting 10 minutes or done in longer, continuous sessions
  • Those who got at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day — regardless of how it was accumulated — had a mortality risk that was one-third lower than those who remained sedentary.
  • Sixty to 99 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per day lowered the risk of death by about 50 percent, and those who stayed active for at least 100 minutes or more each day were 75 percent less likely to die.
  • This makes sense when you consider that chronic sitting has health and mortality risks similar to smoking, raising all-cause mortality by about 50 percent. Importantly, it elevates your risk for an early death independently of your fitness and other lifestyle habits.

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