Researcchers have done something great for us lazy people: figured out the bare minimum amount of exercise needed to extend your life. The short answer is 92 minutes per week or 15 minutes per day.
Here’s some detail:
Compared with individuals in the inactive group, those in the low-volume activity group, who exercised for an average of 92 min per week (95% CI 71â€”112) or 15 min a day (SD 1Â·8), had a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality (0Â·86, 0Â·81â€”0Â·91), and had a 3 year longer life expectancy. Every additional 15 min of daily exercise beyond the minimum amount of 15 min a day further reduced all-cause mortality by 4% (95% CI 2Â·5â€”7Â·0) and all-cancer mortality by 1% (0Â·3â€”4Â·5). These benefits were applicable to all age groups and both sexes, and to those with cardiovascular disease risks. Individuals who were inactive had a 17% (HR 1Â·17, 95% CI 1Â·10â€”1Â·24) increased risk of mortality compared with individuals in the low-volume group.
For the full report check out The Lancet.