A new study was released today that showed the incredible change in cardiac conditions that can be prevented by people just getting 30 minutes of exercise a day.
When I talk about 30 minutes a day it is not some kind of leg breaking, winded, exhausting workout. No the baseline was just doing 30 minutes of walking. This is as much as I get just in our evening walk of the dog.
Tracking 130,000 people in 17 countries, both rich and poor, the Lancet study found that whether it’s going to the gym, walking to work, or tackling household chores like laundry or gardening, being physically active extends life and reduces illness.
The researchers, led by Scott Lear, a heart specialist at St Paul’s Hospital in Canada, also found a so-called dose response: The more people exercise, the greater the reductions are in their risks of getting heart disease or dying early.
For most people this small change would make a huge health difference. Not only to cardio levels but even for decreasing stress and living a better more balanced life.
Findings Of The Lancet Study
The study found “no ceiling effect”, the researchers said, and “no risks associated with extremely high levels of physical activity,” defined as more than 2,500 minutes, or more than 41 hours, per week.
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death and a major economic burden in treatment and care for those who develop it. It killed 9.48 million people globally in 2016.
“Walking for as little as 30 minutes most days of the week has a substantial benefit, and higher physical activity is associated with even lower risks,” Lear said in a comment about the findings, published on Friday in The Lancet medical journal.
Exercise Is Common Knowledge Not Commonly Followed
This is not the only study obviously that shows these kinds of results and The World Health Organization recommends that adults get 5, 30 minutes session of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout each week, as well as some kind of weight lifting twice a week.
I know that sometimes I post about long running or biking, big and bad weight workouts, but really the most important thing is just to get moving every day in some way. It is not any kind of magic that gets you in better cardio shape but instead all those walks and good decisions that you make throughout the day everyday that lead to much better health over time.