Study Shows Two-minute Walk Breaks Beneficial to Health

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New study published in March 2018, suggests that walking for 10 minutes thrice is associated with increased life span.

Walking for two minutes and repeating it 15 times as well as walking for 10 minutes, thrice has shown to have long-term benefits on health and overall life span.

Federal exercise guidelines recommend that people work out moderately for at least 30 minutes per day at least five times per week in order to reduce risks of developing several diseases or dying prematurely.

The guidelines recommend that if one breaks up the 30 minutes of daily exercise in bouts lasting for at least 10 minutes at a time, the benefits could be greater. These guidelines, also advised people to exercise for more than 10 minutes, as it would not increase people’s aerobic fitness.

While updating this list, however, scientists conducted a research about exercise bouts and how long workouts should last in order to benefit health. They found that around 4,840 men and women above the age of 40 years, who had worn activity trackers in the past, were engaged in moderate or vigorous physical activity. They defined moderate activity as, in essence, brisk walking, and vigorous activity, which was rare, as workouts similar to jogging.

Their study examined how long each session of physical activity continued. If a single session went on for more than five minutes, it was considered to be a bout of exercise. If it were shorter than five minutes, it was considered to be sporadic physical activity, such as walking down the hallway or up a brief flight of stairs.

They found that more physical activity, associated with bouts of exercise. “The little things that people do every day such as walking from their cars to the office or climbing a flight of stairs, can and do add up and affect the risk for disease and death,” says the lead author.

Of course, this was an epidemiological study, meaning that it can show only that more physical activity is associated with a longer life, not that it directly causes people to live longer.

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