Friday, September 13, 2013

No Excuses: Even 1-Minute Workouts Benefit Health

A man pauses during a workout to check his watch. 

Can even a 1-minute workout improve your health?

Got a minute? Then walk briskly, trot up the stairs, dart after that bus — do just about anything you can to raise your heart rate at least a smidgeon, and burn an extra calorie or two.

A dozen or so bursts of exercise lasting only a minute, accumulated during the course of the day, provide the same kind of health benefits as the government-recommended 10-minute bouts of moderate exercise, according to researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Their study appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. (9 Healthy Habits You Can Do in 1 Minute (Or Less).

The connection between exercise and good health is well established. Exercise overwhelmingly reduces the risk of just about every chronic disease plaguing people in the United States: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease, kidney disease and more.

Yet despite the obvious benefits, fewer than 4 percent of Americans ages 20 to 59 achieve the minimum 150 minutes of weekly exercise recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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