A groundbreaking study reveals the power of adding 10 minutes of walking or other physical activity to your life. Data shows individuals aged 40 and up could have the most significant benefit, with the practice possibly preventing over 110,000 annual deaths in the United States. The study also shows that the benefits were consistent regardless of a person’s sex or gender. Further, research shows 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity could offer even more longevity.
The study examined the benefit of 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Applicable activities include dancing, walking, yoga, weight training, and yard work. Despite the movement, the focus was briefly increasing your activity, as this often raises your heart rate. Using a treadmill or walking outside are easy ways nearly anyone can stay active. The 10-minute increments of activity add up over the day and week but are easy to add to your daily schedule. The benefits you’ll yield could be life-changing, but talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program to rule out any health risks.