A new study confirms the seemingly obvious theory that exercising even a small amount is better for your health than not exercising at all. A new study has shown that those that exercise less than the recommended 150 minutes per week by the Government still have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those that don’t exercise at all.
The study was published in the journal Circulation, and was conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health.
In the study, it shows that physical activity as little as 10 or 15 minutes a day could go a long way in reducing the risk of heart disease. Dr. Jacob Sattelmair, the lead author of the study noted that even by working out a few minutes a day “makes a significant difference”. Even a simple 10 or 15 minute walk can make a difference in your health.
In the study, they noticed that those that worked out about 70 minutes a week — 53% lower than the recommended about by the United States — had a smaller risk for heart disease. Those who receive around 70 minutes a week of exercise could reduce their risk of heart disease by 7%, while those that undergo 150 minutes or more of physical moderate activity have a 14% lower risk. It is noted by the study, however, that a greater amount of exercise is needed in order to maintain a healthy weight and achieve even a lower risk of heart disease.