You know that regular exercise is good for you. That’s never been in question.
It can help prevent countless deadly diseases, keep your brain young, and keep your bones strong.
But the reality is that while daily exercise is ideal, it’s not always possible.
And once you’ve been derailed by the weather… or a twinge of pain… or just not enough hours in the day… it’s easy to give up on the routine altogether and never go back.
However, according to the latest research, WHATEVER amount of exercise you manage to do – even if it’s only a day or two a week – can extend your life.
That makes sense to me, since a study last year found that playing just one round of golf a week can help ward off disease and improve your cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health (including your cholesterol).
And another study found that just 15 minutes of exercise is enough to make a big difference in both your health today and your chances of seeing many more tomorrows.
In this new study, British researchers tracked years of health and lifestyle data for nearly 64,000 older adults and found that those who crammed a week’s worth of moderate exercise into one or two days were 30 percent less likely to die during the study than the folks who were sedentary.
The same was true even for the participants who DIDN’T exercise as much as what’s recommended over the course of the week – but at least exercised even A LITTLE.
That means if you haven’t got 15 minutes to spare Monday through Friday, you’re better off spending an hour gardening or golfing on Sunday than writing off the entire week.
The bottom line is that life is never black and white. Your choice isn’t between being a couch potato and being a triathlete. It’s not even a choice between exercising every day and being a “weekend warrior”!
Find a comfortable place for you somewhere in the gray zone. Don’t do NOTHING, but don’t expect too much either – especially if you’re just getting back into a physical routine or you’ve never really been active at all.
If you’re inactive now, start out small to get the greatest benefit. Every little bit helps, as they say.
And who knows? Maybe at some point, your five-minute walk will turn in 10 or 15.
But you’ve got to take that first step.
And if you miss a day, don’t consider it a failure. There’s always tomorrow… just use it wisely and delay getting active.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
‘Weekend warrior’ workouts tied to longer life, reuters.com/article/us-health-fitness-weekends-idUSKBN14T27R