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Exercise is good for us, right? And the more the better! At least that’s what we thought until this recent study that has called into question some of our views on exercise.

What if I told you that only 6 minutes a day can have a dramatic effect on your health? A recent study published in Nature Medicine found that only a few surges of high-intensity activity can be highly beneficial to health and longevity. Researchers say the study suggests that a type of movement known as “vigorous intermittent lifestyle physical activity” practiced an average of only 6 minutes a day can actually lead to a longer life.

There were over 25,000 study participants between the ages of 40 and 69, all of whom identified themselves as “non-exercisers.” each wore a wrist monitoring device to measure their levels of activity. The results were pretty interesting: those who engaged in VILPA for only 1 to  2 minutes, 3x a day demonstrated a reduction in all-cause mortality by 38%-40%. And the mortality risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease was reduced by 48%-49%. This is despite not otherwise engaging in exercise!

Can you spend 6 minutes a day to reduce your risk of death by as much as 49%? Read the full study here and decide for yourself:

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