From climbing stairs to cleaning, upping the pace of daily activities could help you live longer
PARIS, Jan 28 — From walking quickly and taking the dog out to cleaning the house or playing with the kids, every day we perform tasks that could help save our lives, according to an Australian study.
By going about these everyday activities as part of the VILPA method — i.e., in a more vigorous way — could help maintain our health.
Good news for anyone who hates sport or doesn’t necessarily have time for long workouts. A new study from the University of Sydney, published in the journal Nature Sciences, suggests that performing several short, vigorous one-to-two-minute bursts of physical activity each day could reduce the risk of premature death.
And these bursts of activity, performed as part of day-to-day tasks, are known as VILPA, which stands for Vigorous Intermittent Lifestyle Physical Activity.
According to the researchers, practicing three to four one-minute sessions of VILPA daily was associated with a 49 per cent reduction in death related to cardiovascular disease and a 40 per cent reduction in all-cause and cancer-related mortality. The more sessions in a day, the greater the benefits.
So, doing 11 sessions per day was associated with a 65 per cent reduction in cardiovascular death risk and 49 per cent reduction in cancer-related death risk.
To conduct the study, researchers focused on the activity of 25,000 participants, who were on average 62 years old and never exercised.
The participants were required to wear an activity tracker on their wrists for a period of seven days. The researchers also used health data that allowed them to follow the participants for seven years.
The advantage of the VILPA method is that it can easily be incorporated into the daily life of any person. Many of the activities or tasks we do in our daily lives can be likened to a form of exercise.
“This could be things like playing with children. It could be [that] you see your bus just about to leave so you have to walk extremely quickly to get the bus. It may be that you…