Study: Short bursts of exercise could extend life

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A new study finds that one-minute bursts of exercise could help you live longer.

The acronym is “VILPA” and it refers to Vigorous Intermittent Lifestyle Physical Activity. Researchers from the University of Sydney suggest that performing one to two minute periods of this type of physical activity just three times a day goes a long way.

The activity can easily be incorporated into the day. Walking with filled shopping bags or taking the stairs and not the elevator are simple ways, researchers say, that were associated with a nearly 50% reduction in cardiovascular mortality risk. With 11 one to two-minute sessions daily, researchers also noted a 49% reduction in cancer-related deaths.

You could also try chair-based exercises – like thigh squeezes and side bends.