With the publication of many studies touting the benefits of exercise and general interest growing, it seems that some people believe the only way to get the benefits of physical activity is to spend hours upon hours in the gym. In reality, you might not need to log as many hours as you think in order to start seeing benefits.
Recent research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests just 5 or 10 minutes of physical activity can bring big benefits for your health. The study examined more than 1,500 men and women, ages 37 to 55, over the course of five years. Taking into account activity levels and heart health, researchers discovered that those who got the most activity (even if it was a short burst of activity) were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who got the least.
Everything from taking the stairs to a short bike ride helped improve heart health, which is fantastic news for people who aren’t into exercise in the classic sense. The knowledge that even a little bit of movement here and there can help improve health can get people moving in whatever way feels comfortable to them.