There are many conflicting instructions about how much exercise is required to obtain the most health advantages. The NHS recommends 150 min. of moderate physical exercise, or 75 min. of intense physical exercise, each week, but many individuals do more. Other research has concluded that excessive exercise may be harmful to the cardiovascular system, which leaves runners questioning how much exercise is ideal.
So, if you’re concerned that you aren’t doing enough or you are doing too much exercise, take a look at the release of a new study in Circulation. Over 30 years, the research tracked over 115,000 adults and revealed that those who exercised more than twice (or up to four times) the amount that is recommended of exercise per week had a longer life expectancy.
The study showed that 600 min. (10 hours) of exercise each week was the optimum amount for decreasing mortality rates. Anything more did not show any additional decrease in risk of death, and importantly, there was not any neg. effects – especially to the heart – that was associated with that amount of activity.
This study’s results may allay some of the worries about the harmful effects of high amounts of physical activity that have been raised in prior research, according to Dong Hoon Lee, a Harvard Health research associate in Boston.
According to researchers, engaging in 300-600 minutes of moderate physical activity each week had a 26-31% reduction in all-cause mortality, and individuals who completed 150-300 min. of vigorous exercise weekly had a 21-23% reduced risk. Those who adhere to the most current guidelines of 75 min. of vigorous activity each week had a 19% decreased chance of dying.