Squeezing exercise right into a busy schedule might be powerful. Nonetheless, new analysis means that doing simply quarter-hour of bodily exercise over the course of per week is linked to a decrease threat of dying prematurely in comparison with not exercising in any respect—so long as the motion gets your heart pumping.

Within the examine, published Oct. 27 within the European Coronary heart Journal, researchers used a knowledge set to trace practically 72,000 individuals within the U.Ok., who have been ages 40 to 69 and didn’t have heart problems or most cancers after they enrolled, for about seven years. The researchers zeroed in on per week in the beginning of the examine throughout which everybody wore an exercise tracker on their wrist. Individuals who did no vigorous exercise throughout that week had a 4% threat of dying someday through the examine, however for individuals who acquired not less than 10 minutes, that threat was reduce in half. Amongst individuals who acquired 60 minutes or extra, that threat fell to 1%. General, the researchers estimated that getting 15 to twenty minutes per week of vigorous bodily exercise was linked to a discount within the threat of dying by 16% to 40%.

It comes as no shock that the extra time individuals spent doing vigorous physical activity, the larger the longevity profit. However the “candy spot” the place individuals benefited essentially the most was about 60 minutes per week, says Matthew Ahmadi, a analysis fellow on the College of Sydney in Australia and lead creator of the examine. (That’s to not say train past an hour was essentially worse, famous Ahmadi; as a result of the examine didn’t embrace many individuals who acquired extra vigorous bodily exercise, potential most advantages of getting extra intense bodily exercise are unknown.)

Learn Extra: Struggling to Get Back Into a Workout Routine? These 5 Strategies Could Help

Even when individuals don’t have the time to go to the fitness center, the examine reveals it’s potential to get well being advantages from day-to-day actions as a result of short-duration train can add up, says Ahmadi. He suggests selecting up your tempo or working extra intensely at belongings you already do—as an illustration, strolling, gardening, and even doing chores. “Any bodily exercise an individual is doing offers a possibility to do vigorous bodily exercise, if they will do the exercise at a quicker tempo or greater depth for simply brief intervals of time,” he says. What counts as vigorous bodily exercise varies relying in your degree of health, he notes, however a superb signal that you simply’re doing it’s having problem holding a dialog.

The same observational study, additionally printed Oct. 27 within the European Coronary heart Journal by a unique group of researchers, additionally means that the depth of bodily exercise—not simply the time spent transferring—is vital to reduce cardiovascular disease. Within the examine, which additionally checked out adults of the identical age in the identical U.Ok. knowledge set, researchers tracked about 88,000 individuals for about seven years.

After analyzing knowledge from the week throughout which individuals used exercise trackers, researchers discovered that doing bodily exercise with larger depth was linked to a discount in individuals’s cardiovascular-disease, even with out rising the period of time individuals exercised. For instance, individuals who walked rapidly for seven minutes as an alternative of slowly for 14 minutes throughout that week had a decrease threat of heart problems in a while.

The research have been each observational, which signifies that the analysis can’t show that bodily exercise was the explanation why individuals who did it lived longer—or had much less heart problems—than those that didn’t. The week of bodily exercise was additionally only a snapshot in time, and folks’s habits could have modified later. Nonetheless, different research have additionally discovered that brief bursts of motion can scale back threat of demise. One 2011 study printed within the Lancet discovered that simply quarter-hour of bodily exercise a day might scale back the danger of early demise. A 2014 study within the Journal of the American School of Cardiology discovered that simply 5 to 10 minutes a day of operating might scale back early demise from any trigger.

The brand new analysis doesn’t imply the overall time you spend transferring isn’t vital, says Paddy Dempsey, an creator of the cardiovascular-disease examine and a analysis fellow on the College of Cambridge. Folks with the very lowest charges of heart problems acquired extra bodily exercise general and acquired essentially the most moderate-to-vigorous bodily exercise.

Though any movement is valuable, Dempsey says, in the event you’re strapped for time, “including in a little bit of depth can present distinctive well being advantages, whereas additionally doubtlessly making exercises extra time environment friendly.”

Extra Should-Learn Tales From TIME

Contact us at letters@time.com.