It doesn’t take a full workout to reap the mental and physical benefits of exercise. Fitness “snacking” or breaking up exercise into short bits throughout the day also is effective at controlling blood sugar, burning calories, and maintaining your strength and sanity.
People who are physically active for 150 minutes a week cut their risk of dying at any given age by one-third, compared with those who don’t exercise at all. In preventing disease, "only a few lifestyle choices have as large an effect on mortality as physical activity," government experts say.
“You can be careful,” said one running expert, “without being fearful, and you can take certain precautions.” It's advice we all could use.