The Wonders of a Two-Minute Walk

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The Wonders of a Two-Minute Walk

30 minutes a day. Five days a week. No excuses.

Too intimidating? Some people view that level of recommended fitness commitment, and they know that they don’t have time (or they have other creative excuses) – so they basically do nothing. But a new study finds that there is something we can do which is highly advantageous even if it doesn’t seem like it: Two minute-walks. Everybody has time for a two minute walk.

Now, yes, you have to do 15 of them a day (or three ten-minute walks) every day but when you break it down like that, and without the sweaty gym environment, it seems a lot more manageable. And it seems to work.

This is based on the study looking at nearly 4,000 men and women who were over 40 years old and wore some sort of tracker on their physical activity or lack thereof. And this is what they did with it, according to this article:

Using the accelerometer readouts, the scientists determined how many minutes per day, in total, each person had spent in moderate or vigorous physical activity. They defined moderate activity as, in essence, brisk walking, and vigorous activity, which was rare, as workouts similar to jogging.

The researchers also looked at how long each session of physical activity had continued. If a single session went on for more than five minutes, it was considered to be a “bout” of exercise. If it were shorter than five minutes, it was considered to be sporadic physical activity, such as walking down the hallway or up a brief flight of stairs. 

And what they found was that movement meant people lived longer, even if the movement wasn’t particularly strenous. If they were moving then they had a higher chance of living longer, whereas those who moved for less than 20 minutes a day were the most likely to die early.

And if they moved an hour or more their mortality risk was cut in half. That’s right, half.

-Shane M.



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