Just 8 Minutes a Day

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Research shows that just 56 minutes of physical activity a week reduces the risk of disability

Getting moving to improve your physical and mental wellbeing needn't take long or involve anything intimidating. As difficult as it is to find the time for exercise, what if you were told that spending just eight minutes a day could predict a disability-free life for the over 49 year olds? Would this persuade you to invest the time?

Well, a study found "the minimum threshold of exercise that best predicted disability-free status from immobility over a four-year period [was] 56 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week' and that this "equates to exactly eight minutes per day, seven days a week."

As the Earl of Derby famously said back in1873, "sooner or later those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness". The time really is now, not after your busy period at work has ended, or summer has arrived and the rain has stopped. Eight minutes a day equates to a short walk around the block or to the corner shop. It really doesn't have to equate to much and you might find that once you are outside, you feel the urge to walk for a little longer.


Dorothy D. Dunlop, Jing Song, Jennifer M. Hootman, Michael C. Nevitt, Pamela A. Semanik, Jungwha Lee, Leena Sharma, Charles B. Eaton, Marc C. Hochberg, Rebecca D. Jackson, C. Kent Kwoh, Rowland W. Chang. "One Hour a Week: Moving to Prevent Disability in Adults With Lower Extremity Joint Symptoms.." American Journal of Preventive Medicine (First available online: March 20, 2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.12.017

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