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Everyday activities like climbing stairs and playing with children can lower heart attack and stroke risk.
Research by Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney reveals the benefits of short bursts of activity.
Even those unwilling or unable to do structured exercise can benefit from short bouts of moderate to vigorous activity.
Activities lasting one to three minutes were linked to a 29% lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and all-cause death.
The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, analysed wrist device data from 25,241 people in the UK Biobank database.
Engaging in moderate-intensity daily activities for short periods can have comparable health benefits to longer bouts.