Upping your daily levels of physical activity may, at first, seem daunting; but chances are it’ll be easier than you think.
While most people tend to think of exercise as ‘sport’ – running, gym and the like, research shows everyday activities such as climbing stairs and cleaning can have just as great an effect on your overall health – and in turn, slash the odds of disease.
And given the evidence – a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes and a 30% lower risk of early death – it begs the question: why aren’t we doing more of the stuff?
This daily exercise plan is recommended to reach the 3000 MET (metabolic equivalent) minutes a week goal that research from the British Medical Journal has set in order to live a longer, healthier life.
But these MET minutes aren’t normal minutes! They’re measured by the intensity of the exercise you’re doing, for example jogging has an MET value of 7, meaning half an hour of jogging is equal to 210 MET minutes.
So, how can you incorporate these goals into your day-to-day routine?
Climbing the stairs: 10 minutes
Something as simple as ensuring you always take the stairs (when there’s easier alternatives) can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, and have a profound impact on your health.
While climbing a minimum of eight staircases a day can lower the average early mortality rate by 33%, the 10 minutes it should take you will reportedly protect against high blood pressure and halve the risk of a heart attack over 10 years.