There’s long been debate around what the optimal length of time to exercise is to achieve the maximum amount of benefits (such as extending life expectancy), but now a new study suggests it might be a lot less than we previously thought.
While previous studies have pointed towards the 60-75 minute mark for increasing life expectancy, a new accurate study from the Norwegian School of Sports Medicine has found that even just 11 minutes of exercise a day can increase lifespan.
And this new study is much more accurate than previous ones, which generally relied on self-reported data, which can lead to inaccuracies due to participants misremembering their actual activity levels. Whereby, the Norwegian study attached activity monitors to over 44,000 participants, resulting in a much more accurate reading of each person’s genuine activity levels.
While they found that people who exercised for 35 minutes a day saw the biggest statistical difference in their lifespan, even those who got moving for as little as 11 minutes per day still showed a significant change.
This is great news for those if us who find it hard to fit hours of exercise into a busy schedule, or who are working from home right now and spending more time sitting than ever before – even a quick daily march around the block on your lunch break will bring you significant health benefits for years to come.
Of course, you’ll want to look and feel great for your 11 minutes of exercise and the supermarkets are currently full of new activewear lines at excellent value. Meanwhile, Aldi’s new exercise equipment range has everything you need for home workouts, turning your living room into a home gym in an instant.
Fancy an 11-minute run? Don’t put one foot in front of the other until you’ve read the beginner’s guide to running.