It has long been accepted that running, or some kind of exercise is good for health. The general consensus was that a minimum of 30mins of exercise a day was the least amount required to promote health and longevity. More recent research suggests that just 10 minutes of exercise a day, even performed at very slow speeds can significantly lower ones risk of mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality. These findings suggest that even a little exercise is better than nothing when it comes to prolonging health and longevity. The lead researcher of the study Dr Carl Lavie explains that you can get substantial benefits from a 5 or 10 minute run or from a 10 or 15 minute run, you don’t have to go long for the benefit.
This is very interesting considering one of the main barriers to exercise is time…now there’s no excuse!
Medscape, (2014). A Little Running Goes a Long Way: Mortality Benefit at Just Six Miles per Week. Retrieved 30th July, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/828990?nlid=62523_2843&src=wnl_edit_dail