Levels of physical activity are low in "all developed and developing countries," according to the World Health Organization. There are some reasons behind that, like people actually feeling discouraged to do any physical activity outdoors due to increased poverty, increased crime rate, poor public transportation system, absence or lack of parks and sidewalks, and being overworked and tired all the time.
And just in case those things aren't bad enough, physical inactivity can most likely lead to coronary artery disease, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and depression or anxiety.
We've all been told to exercise to be healthy, and Cosmo.ph has published workouts you can do if you're lazy or busy. But what's the least amount of exercise you MUST do to be healthy? Assuming you have a healthy, balanced diet and don't do drugs of course.
In the health journal The Lancet, a study, which looked into the health condition of more than 400,000 Taiwanese for 12 years, found that 15 minutes of exercise a day (or 90 minutes a week) is the bare minimum for health. It was seen to add three years to your life; while every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise can reduce death rates by 4 percent.
According to the study, you only have to do moderate exercise. And what counts as moderate exercise? It's whatever you're doing that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat. It's when "you're able to talk but can't sing the words to a song."
This is great news! Not to mention a good place to start if you have little to no exercise. For sure you can't really blame anything outside your home anymore for your lack of physical activity, because you can definitely raise your heart rate and break a sweat for 15 minutes and be indoors. *wink*
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