There’s a plethora of ways exercise benefits us. It helps maintain a healthy heart, it builds strong and flexible bodies and it can help give us energy for days. Anyone who’s incorporated exercise into their daily life knows these things to be true. You simply feel better and your outlook on life is more positive. That in and of itself should be a great motivator – yet why do so many Americans still shy away from physical activity? Maybe it’s because our vision of exercise is unrealistic. The thought of starting from ground zero and jumping into an olympic training session is hardly appealing. So where to start?
Another study has just recently come out which again boosts the claim that just 10 minutes of daily exercise can improve your health, and particularly the health of overweight or obese women by lowering their blood pressure and reducing their risk of developing heart disease – decreasing their overall chance of dying at an early age.
Dr. Timothy Church of Louisiana State University, author of the study reinforces the fact that to gain the proper amount of healthy exercise, one does not have to perform stressful activities.
"This information can be used to support future recommendations and should be encouraging to sedentary adults who find it difficult to find the time for 150 minutes of activity per week, let alone 60 minutes per day," the researchers wrote in their report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Our advice? Start where you are and build from there. Once you get 10 or 15 minutes under your belt, you’ll want to do more – because you can and you’re feeling great.
SOURCES: Timothy Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., director, Laboratory of Preventive Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; I-Min Lee, M.B.B.S., Sc.D., associate professor of medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and associate professor of epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; May 16, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association