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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 30, 2017 1:00 am

Get exercise without getting too ambitious

You could get a pretty good workout just running from all the bad news about non-healthy living in Fort Wayne or all of Indiana. Last week, it was the Gallup-Sharecase Well-Being Index for exercise, which ranked our metro area 168th out of 189 communities surveyed in 2016.

Perhaps there's some comfort in the fact that it's not just us. Americans are spending up to nine hours a day in sedentary pursuits, according to Vox.com.

What do we have to do about it? Well, according to research published in the medical journal Lancet, not that much.

The wide new study of heart-health benefits found just 150 minutes a week of almost any kind of exercise can yield health benefits, Vox.com reported. “Getting only two and a half hours of weekly exercise was associated with a 28 percent reduction in premature death, and a 20 percent reduction in heart disease,” the website reported.

The study's lead author, Dr. Scott Lear of Canada's Simon Fraser University, told Vox in an email you don't have to spend money on an exercise club or fancy equipment to be healthily active.

“Our findings indicate that nonrecreational activity – work, housework, active transportation – is just as beneficial in reducing the risk for premature death and heart disease.”

So, it could be easier than we thought to walk, garden, vacuum or bike us out of the cellar in those health-and-exercise surveys.