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So the official recommendation from the Health Promotion Board of Singapore is 150 minutes a week. Here’s what research shows about the different benefits you reap from the time spent on physical activity. Remember: Some exercise is better than none at all!
90 MINUTES: LIVE LONGER
Get moving for just a quarter of an hour for six days a week and you’ll increase your lifespan by three years, according to a Taiwanese study.
Your aim: 15 minutes 6 days a week
135 MINUTES: FEEL HAPPIER
Working out boosts your energy and reduces stress. Plus, a Duke University study suggests that doing three cardio sessions may be as effective as prescription drugs for treating depression.
Your aim: 45 minutes 3 days a week
150 MINUTES: HEALTHIER HEART
Research published in the journal Circulation found that two and a half hours of exercise lowers a woman’s risk of heart disease by 14 per cent.
Your aim: 30 minutes 3 days a week
210 MINUTES: STAVE OFF DIABETES
Research in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport shows that this amount of exercise improves blood sugar control, which can halt the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Your aim: 30 minutes every day
275 MINUTES: STAY SLIM
Pair 55-minute workouts with a healthy diet – it may help you lose 10 per cent of your weight and keep it off, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Your aim: 55 minutes five times a week.