Short Bursts of Exercise are Associated with a Reduced Risk of Death
… So I’ve Been Told
I’m not going to lie, the headline of this blog post caught my attention. As someone who generally avoids exercise at all costs, I was intrigued by the possibility that I could get the same health benefits from short bursts of exercise that others get from hours spent at the gym. Alas, as is often the case, the reality is not quite so rosy.
The study in question, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that women who engaged in short bouts of exercise (defined as less than 30 minutes per day) had a lower risk of death than those who were inactive. However, when the researchers looked at the data more closely, they found that the benefit was largely due to the fact that those women who did engage in some form of exercise were more likely to be of higher socioeconomic status and to have healthier lifestyles overall. In other words, it wasn’t the exercise itself that was associated with a reduced risk of death, but rather the fact that those women who exercised were also more likely to take care of themselves in other ways.
So what does this mean for those of us who would rather curl up on the couch with a good book than go for a run? Well, it’s still important to be active and to make sure we’re getting enough exercise. But if you’re like me and you find it hard to motivate yourself to work out, don’t despair – just remember that every little bit counts. Even a short walk around the block can make a difference!
In conclusion, while it’s always better to get more exercise rather than less, the good news is that even short bursts of activity can have some health benefits. So if you find yourself struggling to motivate yourself to work out, just remember that every little bit counts. And who knows – maybe one day you’ll even find yourself enjoying it!...Until Next Time!...XOXO 💖🤗
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