Do you moan and feel unmotivated when your gym trainer hands you your workout schedule? Or when 45 minutes of running every day just doesn’t feel like you are doing enough? Well, a new analysis published in The BMJ argues that the recommended time for workouts is very unnerving and unrealistic, which leads to most people falling off the wagon.
The World Health Organization sets 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week as its target. It’s a great goal and has been shown to reduce risks for all kinds of diseases. Data shows that gentler goals can also provide important health benefits.
Philipe de Souto Barreto, professor and author of the paper cites, a study of more than 250,000 older adults found that getting less than an hour of moderate physical activity each week was linked to a 15% drop in death. Another review of 254 articles looking at the link between exercise and disease reduction, found that the relationship between the two is dose-dependent.
To conclude, it’s not an all or nothing proposition. If weight loss and good health are what you are after, then consider setting goals that are workable into your everyday schedule. A little exercise every day is much better than no exercise at all. Instead, try to sneak in cardio-intensive activities throughout your day.