Fitness Tips: Apr 1, 2013

There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and you only need around 30 minutes of moderate exercise for good health!

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Live Longer with This 30-Minute Habit
You could cut your mortality risk dramatically if you simply did this for 30 minutes: walk. Or ride a stationary bike. Or dance. Or chase the kids around. Or all of the above. Just be active for 30 minutes, five times a week. This simple choice cut mortality risk by nearly 20 percent of participants in a recent study.

You can't be your best and be there for others unless you take care of yourself first, so no matter how busy life gets, make time for the active things in life that you enjoy. In a study, people who simply did non-vigorous physical activity for 2 1/2 hours a week saw their risk of dying from any cause drop by almost 20 percent compared with the couch potatoes. Hoofing it for 30 minutes, five times a week, is a small and easy investment to make in your long-term health.

Of course, a little sweat is healthy too, so if you want to crank it up a notch, and you don't have any health conditions in the way, feel free to go for it. When the people in the study kicked activity levels into high gear – logging 7 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week – their mortality risk dropped by 25 percent compared with non-active folks. Chalk it up to the favorable impact exercise has on weight (active people gain less over time) and blood pressure (exercise helps keep those blood vessel walls nice and relaxed).

A research review concluded that apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice an individual can make to improve his health.

Source: Realage.com and ScienceDaily.com