Smaller Changes Have A Big Impact On Health - Even Fitness Training

Most of us have been taught to believe that if we want a big result, we need to make big changes.

I see this in many different areas of life:

  • In sports and physical training, we have the saying “no pain, no gain.”
  • In medicine, we see people with autoimmune disease taking powerful immunosuppressive drugs, or people who are obese having parts of their stomachs removed.
  • In business we see companies raising tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars before they’ve even made a profit.

Sometimes big results do require big changes. But not all of the time.

In fact, I’ve come to believe that the smaller changes make the biggest difference in most cases—especially when it comes to health.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Societyreminded me of this. The researchers studied women aged 63 to 99 and found that for each 30-minute increase in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, there was roughly a 40 percent reduction in all-cause mortality. This isn’t surprising—we all know how important exercise is.

What might surprise you, however, is that 30 minutes of very light activity—like household chores or walking slowly over short distances—led to a 12 percent reduction in mortality.

Why is this important?

Because when people think that only big changes can make a difference, they aren’t likely to take action.

If a completely sedentary person thinks he or she has to exercise vigorously for 30 minutes five days a week to improve his health, he might be so overwhelmed by the magnitude of that change that he ends up doing nothing at all.

But if he or she knows that even light activity—like doing some gardening, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking a half-mile to the store instead of driving—can make a meaningful difference, they be a lot more likely to do it.

And once they does, they will feel better, more confident, and more empowered to take the next step.

Small changes = big impact...

With small changes look what Chris has accomplished!!

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With small changes look what Karen has accomplished!!

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Small changes = big impact...

Small changes = big impact...

Small changes = big impact...