In a New York Times article, “What’s the Single Best Exercise“, one of the subjects interviewed, Timothy Church, M.D. at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La, stated that exercise equivalent to a brisk walk of 30 minutes five times a week reduced a sedentary person’s risk of dying prematurely by nearly 20 percent however an additional 60 minutes only reduced premature death by another 4 percent.
This is great news for all of us who have limited time to exercise or have never exercised at all – you don’t have to exercise like an Olympic athlete to get the great benefits of exercise! Yes, exercising more and with higher intensity will have its benefits, but if you’re simply interesting in exercising for your overall health then 30 minutes, 5 days a week is the elixir. So the question we need to ask ourselves is: Can I exercise 3 times during the work week (walking lunch anyone?) and both days on the weekend (the dog is all wound up) for 30 minutes? I say YES!
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