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Big Benefits from 1 Hour of Exercise

Big Benefits from 1 Hour of Exercise

Researchers set out to test the findings of a study published in the journal Diabetologia that proclaimed being sedentary greatly increased your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and an early death—no matter what else you did. To do that, they examined 13 studies that included more than 1 million men and women and offered information about the effects of sitting, exercise and overall health. They’ve recently published their findings in the journal The Lancet.  

The researchers determined that 60 to 75 minutes of moderate exercise a day can nearly cancel out all the bad effects on your body (muscle weakness, poor heart health, etc.) of sitting for eight hours a day. If you increase your effort to an hour or more of intense daily exercise—try interval training—the benefits increase.

That’s an Olympic-size win for those of you who work at sedentary jobs or find yourself sitting down for MORE than eight hours a day. So go power walking for 30 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes at lunch and 30 minutes after work (aiming for 10,000 steps a day) and throw in strength training two to three times a week! You’ll get gold in most improved health and a much younger RealAge!

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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