By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern
How often do you find yourself exercising? Daily? Once or twice a week? Never? Whether you’re already an avid exercise enthusiast who works out every day, or if you rarely find yourself working out, there are many reasons why you should be getting those exercise minutes daily. Not only does it help to improve your physique, but a recent study found that it can actually lengthen your lifespan.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that daily exercise might actually lead to a lessened risk of early death, cancer, stroke, and other heart diseases. Researchers found that moderate-intensity exercises such as walking or biking for as little as 11 minutes daily reduced the risk of early death by 23%, stroke, and heart disease by 17%, and cancer by 7%.
Incorporating 11 minutes of exercise each day is very doable, and the benefits that it can provide make it worth it! Try taking a brisk walk in the morning or evening, going for a quick jog, or playing an active game or sport with your kids or grandkids!
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