Health & Fitness

The Olympic-size benefit of an hour of daily exercise

BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D.

King Features Syndicate

As the Summer Olympics come to a close, it’s an excellent time to think about ... the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team? No, they got plenty of attention. We’re thinking more about new insights from a study about exercise that began at the start of the 2012 Olympic cycle.

Researchers set out to test the findings of a study published in the journal Diabetologia that proclaimed being sedentary greatly increased your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and an early death -- no matter what else you did. To do that, they examined 13 studies that included more than 1 million men and women and offered information about the effects of sitting, exercise and overall health. They’ve recently published their findings in the journal The Lancet.

The researchers determined that 60-75 minutes of moderate exercise a day can nearly cancel out all the bad effects on your body (muscle weakness, poor heart health, etc.) of sitting for eight hours a day. If you increase your effort to an hour or more of intense daily exercise -- try interval training -- the benefits increase.

That’s an Olympic-size win for those of you who work at sedentary jobs or find yourself sitting down for MORE than eight hours a day. So go power walking for 30 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes at lunch and 30 minutes after work (aiming for 10,000 steps a day) and throw in strength training two to three times a week! You’ll get gold in most improved health and a much younger RealAge!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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