We usually think that in order to receive the heart healthy benefits of cardio exercise like running we need to run for a longer duration, and in fact the World Health Organization recommends that you exercise vigorously for at least 75 minutes per week.
While those are great recommendations, many of us are under severe time constraints due to our busy lives.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has indicated that even if you don’t exercise for that long or at an incredibly high intensity you can still receive some great benefits of exercise.
Runners in general had a 45% less risk of death from stroke and heart disease and even a 30% less risk of mortality from all causes. But the study also found that runners who ran for less than one hour per week received the same mortality benefits of runners who ran more than three hours a week.
The factor that mattered the most was that the runners were persistent in their activities for at least six years, no matter how long or intense they ran.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to exercise less whatsoever. What I’m saying is that you can now ditch the excuse of “I don’t have time for a full workout,” because short duration bursts of exercise throughout the week can still add up to substantial health benefits! Even if you only have 5 to 10 minutes, still get active and make sure to do it on a persistent basis.
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.