New Research Shows Just 20 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Make a Big Difference in Health
As the cold weather sets in, many people find their motivation to exercise waning along with the temperature. However, recent research may provide the push needed to keep moving, as it has found that just 20 minutes of exercise each day can lead to significant health gains.
The study, conducted by researchers from Sweden and Norway, monitored the activity levels of nearly 12,000 people aged 50 and older for at least two years. Participants wore hip monitors to track their activity for ten hours a day, and the findings of a five-year follow-up were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The results showed that engaging in just 20 minutes of exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling at a fast pace, led to a reduction in disease risk and a boost in longevity. The study compared the effects of daily exercise with eight hours of sedentary behavior and found that the benefits of physical activity were significant.
This research provides important evidence that even a small amount of daily exercise can have a big impact on overall health. So, if the cold weather has been holding you back from getting moving, remember that just 20 minutes of exercise each day can make a world of difference.