You Only Need 11 Minutes a Day to Keep Fit and Healthy

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Between work, school, grocery shopping, running errands, doing the laundry, looking after the kids, calling your mom, cooking dinner, and sleeping, it can be really tough to fit in time to exercise. 

If that description sounds even a little bit like your life, chances are that keeping fit is not at the top of your priorities list. The good news is, all you need to stay healthy is just over 10 minutes a day.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine claims that you can lower your risk of chronic disease — and even death—with only 11 minutes of exercise per day. 

According to the research, 1 in 10 premature deaths could have been prevented if everyone achieved even half the recommended level of physical activity. It was found that 75 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week (that’s 11 minutes a day) is enough to lower the risk of early death by 23%, and that of developing heart disease by 17%.

“If you are someone who finds the idea of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week a bit daunting, then our findings should be good news,” said author of the study, Dr. Soren Brage. “Doing some physical activity is better than doing none.”

The activity should be vigorous enough that you can talk, but not sing, while doing it.