Yes, some of us are natural gym rats and just love exercising. Others of us just use it as a means to an end, and would rather know the BARE MINIMUM they'll need to get the most benefits! So how much exercise do you really need to live longer if you're only after maximum gain for minimum pain?
Well, it turns out that just 30 minutes, 5 days a week, of moderate exercise (including fast walking), makes people live 3 and 1/2 years longer!
This was according to a new study in the Public Library of Science magazine. And this wasn't a tiny study either. They looked at existing data from six other studies, that had half a million participants total.
So, since you don't want to ask this next question, I'll do it for you:
What if that still sounds like a little too much? After all, "How much exercise do you REALLY need...?"
Good news! If you do half of that, then you still have a longer life than average, by almost 2 years! But here's what I hope you're wondering instead: "Should I try and exercise more than 150 minutes per week?"
If you exercised for an hour every single day or something pretty intense like that, then would you live, say, 10 years longer?
The answer to that is no. The study found that moderate workouts for about an hour a day, five days a week, helped you live about 4 years longer,but beyond that, more exercise didn't add any more years. As you might have noted yourself if working out for a half-hour a day gives you 3.5 more years while working out for an hour only gave you 4 more years...I wouldn't blame anyone for cutting their workouts a little short!
#PiyoLive sessions last 30 minutes or less!
I think this is actually really great, because it goes to show that almost anyone can live longer and healthier without a lot of "pain" involved. How much exercise do you really need? Only 150 minutes per week. So much for, no pain, no gain!
Moderate exercises, from walking to hiking to swimming, all count towards your total for the week!
Another interesting side to these findings is, it also applied to people who were overweight. They also gained 3.5 years onto their life, with those 30-minute workouts!
It's understandable if you're thinking, "Well...sorry, but 3.5 years doesn't sound like that much. After all, it's a lot of time spent in the gym, that I could be spending other places!"
But, I have to respectfully disagree with you!! Because, while regular exercise can add years to your life, it's more helpful that exercise makes you FEEL a lot better!
It can partially battle depression and anxiety because it releases feel-good hormones that relieve stress. It also gets more blood flowing to your brain, which not only helps you perform better cognitively, but also prevents dementia down the line. In fact, since exercise improves your sleep by giving you more time spent in DEEP sleep, then that means that exercise could also help combat dementia in that way.
Overall, keeping your heart, lungs, and brain strong is worth way more than an extra three or four years on your life...especially when you consider that exercise takes time.
The value of exercise is more about its general physical, mental, and emotional benefits, of which there are many, especially when it comes to the mood-boosting effects of aerobic exercises like Piyo.
These are awesome fat-burning workouts that only take half an hour and they're FUN! So if you're looking for an enjoyable way to meet that 150-minutes-a-week workout benchmark, why not lay down your mat, and do some PiYo from the comfort of your home?
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