There’s a certain mindset that is tough to shake when it comes to working out — namely, that the harder you push, the healthier you’ll be.
That doesn’t, however, seem to be the findings of a massive global study (called PURE: Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) that looked at the rate of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a variety of countries and settings, published in The Lancet last week.
The cohort study, which compared individuals with high, middle and low incomes in urban and rural settings, ranging in ages from 35 to 70, found that 150 minutes of exercise per week — or about 30 minutes a day — can prevent heart disease and death.
“If everyone was active for at least 150 minutes per week, over seven years a total of 8 per cent of deaths could be prevented,” said Dr. Salim Yusuf, director of the Population Health Research Institute and the principal investigator of the overall PURE study, in a press release.
I would dispel the notion of having to put out money to be active.Dr. Scott Lear
Even more interestingly, the researchers emphasized that it’s not expensive exercise programs that make the difference.
“I would dispel the notion of having to put out money to be active,” lead author Dr. Scott Lear, a professor at Simon Fraser University, told Vox in an email. “Our findings indicate that nonrecreational activity — work, housework, active transportation — is just as beneficial in reducing the risk for premature death and heart disease.”