The Benefits of Exercising 30 minutes a week
According to a new study, 5 minutes of running a day is all that is required to drastically reduce your chances of dying prematurely.
Researchers examined the medical records of some 55,000 American adults over a period of 15 years. They found that the 24% who described themselves as runners were 30% less likely to die of any cause during that period of time and 45% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Strikingly, this means that the mortality rate from not running (24%) was higher than that from being overweight (16%), having a family history of heart disease (20%), or having high cholesterol (6%).
When the group of runners were divided into those who ran up to 50 minutes a week to those who ran for more than 175 minutes they surprisingly found that the benefits of running were essentially the same across all groups. They calculated that as little as 30 - 59 minutes of running each week was enough to significantly reduce the risk of premature death.
So start running - you only need to do 5 mintues a day for your heart. But I would suggest 20-30 mintues 3-4 times a week for fat burning and energy boosting benefits.