According to this study, the risk of death is reduced by up to 40% after three to four one-minute bouts of “vigorous intermittent lifestyle physical activity”.
Don’t have time or don’t want to spend long hours in the gym? Good news, a very short period of physical activity would be enough to stay in shape. Daily bursts of activity of just one minute can help extend life, the Daily Mail reports, according to a study by Australian researchers.
Specifically, the researchers measured the benefits of what they call a “vigorous intermittent physical activity in lifestyle” (VILPA). What is it? Behind this expression, this approach consists of taking a few minutes of brisk walking to reach the bus, playing actively with the children, picking up the pace while doing the housework, etc. Then they found that that performing three or four short bouts of activity reduced the risk of dying prematurely.
This study, led by a team from the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney, is the first to measure the health benefits of “lifestyle vigorous intermittent physical activity“. As the English site explains, the participants in this study all wore a wrist tracker for a week to measure the activity of more than 25,000”non-athletes“.
A reduction in deaths
Results? Following three to four one-minute episodes of VILPA each day has been associated with up to a 40% reduction in all-cause mortality. In addition, this practice has been associated with a decrease of up to 49% in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Those who achieved eleven episodes per day had seen a 65% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death and a 49% reduction in the risk of cancer-related death. The results were published in the journal Nature Medicine.
“Our research shows that similar benefits to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be achieved by increasing the intensity of occasional activities performed as part of daily life, and the more the better. . A few very short bouts totaling three to four minutes a day can go a long way, and there are many daily activities that can be modified to get your heart rate up for about a minute.“says lead author Emmanuel Stamatakis, professor of physical activity, lifestyle and population health. According to the researchers, the more episodes, the better it is for your health!
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