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Quarter hour movement increases life expectancy

Quarter hour movement increases life expectancy

Those who exercise regularly for at least 15 minutes a day live longer

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day extends life expectancy by three years. This was the result of a study from Taiwan. The German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP) therefore advises professionals on special exercises during their lunch break. For example, standing on one leg helps against the so-called “schnitzel coma”. The balance should be kept for a minute.

15 minutes of exercise while walking and climbing stairs increases life expectancy by three years According to a Taiwanese study from 2011, 15 minutes of exercise a day is enough to increase life expectancy by three years. At that time, 400,000 participants took part in the study, which included daily exercises and answering questionnaires. The results caused a sensation above all because scientists had previously assumed that the exercise program would last at least 30 minutes for a longer life.

The DGSP advises professionals to use their lunch break for exercise. "So if the active transition to the end of the day is not successful, times of the day should be used to facilitate the automatic integration of these ranges of motion into everyday life. In addition, in many companies there is a lunch break, which usually has enough time slots in addition to eating
lets to integrate effective movement content, ”Dr. Axel Preßler from Klinikum rechts der Isar and member of a press release from DGSP. Prolonged sitting and a lack of exercise also favor metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, which in the worst case can lead to a shortening of life expectancy.

The doctor recommends coordination exercises against problems with concentration after eating during the lunch break. Balancing on a tree trunk or sidewalk edge can help against the "schnitzel coma" and stimulates the brain cells. A walk in the fresh air also helps against tiredness and difficulties with concentration, since this stimulates the digestion. Those who take the stairs instead of a suit also keep themselves fit in everyday life. The DGSP also recommends five minutes of strength training with the Theraband from the desk drawer, which can prevent tension from sitting for long periods in an unfavorable posture.

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