Minimum Amount of Weekly Exercise to Stay Healthy (You’ll Be Surprised!)

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Many people ask me what I think is the minimum amount of exercise per week they can “get away with” and still be healthy. While I believe that a minimum of 1 hour per week is ideal, a new study by British researchers says that exercising much less than that will do the trick, and it can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes .

The study, which was published in the BioMed Central Endocrine Disorders journal, showed that just 7 minutes of vigorous exercise per week is enough to keep you healthy and greatly decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 250 million people worldwide and accounts for about 6% of worldwide deaths – so needless to say, it’s a big problem!

The key to this 7 minute per week workout is that the exercise must be vigorous – not a nice little 7 minute walk on a treadmill – more like an all-out sprint or vigorous cycling for 7 minutes. The 7 minutes can be divided up throughout the week, so you don’t need to sprint for 7 minutes straight. For instance, you could sprint for 1 minute straight once per day – perfect for those people who say they don’t have time to workout!

The whole idea may sound crazy, but the effects of this new workout regiment have been rather astounding. Researchers have found that it can improve your blood sugar levels, and how effectively your body uses insulin to clear glucose (blood sugar) from your bloodstream, by as much as 23% in some of the test patients.

I personally like the idea of a 7 minute per week workout, because it eliminates anyone from saying that they don’t have enough time to workout! And if this type of workout can help reduce or reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes, it would not only help save lives and help people live healthier, but it would also greatly lower health care costs by lowering overall instances of diabetes – it’s a win-win situation if you ask me!


7 Responses to Minimum Amount of Weekly Exercise to Stay Healthy (You’ll Be Surprised!)
  1. Christina Crowe

    Wow, I didn’t realize that 7 minutes per week could actually help someone significantly. I guess every minute does count.

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  2. sandra407

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  3. Kris

    It is so hard to know what is right anymore. I just read an article yesterday that said middle aged women need at least an hour A DAY to fend off fat. I don’t think anyone really knows, I guess it is probably best to just do as much as you can work into your schedule without causing any pain. Therefore, I will get in about 42 seconds today….

  4. Carroll Carella

    I appreciate the entry.

  5. Tina

    Keep in mind the importance of exercise and diabetes. This will especially be the case with regards to type 2 diabetes, as regular exercise is among the most convenient way to maintain blood sugar levels.

  6. Poul Nielsen

    I could not have said it better myself. Excellent use of comic to exude your point. Who knew only 7 minutes of vigorous exercise!

  7. Richmond Health News

    I know that this post applies primarily to managing type 2 diabetes but I assume that this applies to resistance training (like weight lifting) as well as the aerobic examples you mentioned. The thought of spending an hour or more lifting is so overwhelming for most people, I believe, that they tend to procrastinate. If 7 or 8 minutes of rapid circuit training is of great benefit, however, I think a lot more people will be open to resistance training and weights. great post.

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