I used to think if I didn’t have at least 30 minutes available for exercise, it wasn’t worth my time. However, researchers are finding this isn’t true. Five minutes here, 10 minutes there-exercise adds up. A recent study published in The American Journal of Health Promotion found improvements in several important health indicators when adults exercised for 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. The good news was that it didn’t matter whether the participants engaged in many short bouts or fewer but longer increments. As long as the activity added up to the recommended physical activity guidelines, improvements in all but Body Mass Index were similar.
The study included more than 6,300 adults, ages 18-85. Researchers looked at physical activity data from accelerometers worn by participants, which measured acceleration in one minute increments. It didn’t matter how the participants accrued the time, waist circumference, triglycerides, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure were all similar.
Look for those opportunities to add physical activity into your day. Whether it’s a quick walk around the block with the dog, a 15 minute game of basketball, or taking the stairs at work, know you’re doing your body good.