If you regurgitate your lunch at the thought of spending your weeknights (and various weekends) at the gym, science has your back. According to a new study, you only have to exercise once a week if you’re trying to reap health benefits.
Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Australian researchers compared exercise habits to death rates among more than 63,000 men and women between 1994 and 2012. While you’d assume that those who exercise regularly would in turn live longer, scientists found that those who did any amount of exercise lowered their risk of death by 30%. Yup, doesn’t matter if you ran on the treadmill for six hours or 20 minutes, you’re equals.
While this new discovery comes as a blessing, it’s also a surprise, considering the World Health Organization’s (WHO) has recommended doing at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous movement (or 10-minute spurts of daily activity when you can’t find the time to do longer sessions). But whatever! These new findings mean you don’t need to freak out when you just can’t make it to the gym (or want to).
Embrace your laziness, eat the pizza and go to the gym another day. You’ve earned it!