Ever feel envious of marathon, triathlete and ultra runners? Not so fast says recent research:
It turns out that moderation is the key to a long life. While it is now known that continous moderate activity through out the day is necessary to prevent disease and prolong life you might be glad to know that you don’t need to knock yourself out to stay healthy. Just stay out of the chair and keep moving. Vigorous exercise it turns out is good for health, but only if it’s limited to a maximum daily dose of between 30 and 50 minutes, say researchers in an editorial published online in Heart.
The idea that more and more high intensity exercise, such as marathons, can only do you good, is a myth say the U.S. cardiologists, and the evidence shows that it’s likely to more harm than good to your heart.
“If you really want to do a marathon or full distance triathlon, etc, it may be best to do just one or a few and then proceed to safer and healthier exercise patterns,” they warn.
“A routine of moderate physical activity will add life to your years as well as years to your life. In contrast, running too far, too fast, and for too many years may speed one’s progress to towards the finishing line of life.”
So, get out of the chair and keep moving through out the day. If your job does not permit movement consider using a treadmill desk to stay active as much as possible during the day Limit your vigorous, cardio intense exercise to 30-50 minutes per day. Your body will thank you for it.