.Something I often hear from Clients is that “I don’t have time for exercise” (yes, I have uttered those words as well on some occasions). But do we really need to spend hours at the gym in order to see results?
According to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality there are benefits to running as little as 5 minutes a day. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed. The new study, published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers from Iowa State University, the University of South Carolina, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., and other institutions turned to a huge database maintained at the Cooper Clinic and Cooper Institute in Dallas.
The runners were much less susceptible than the non-runners. The runners’ risk of dying from any cause was 30 percent lower than that for the non-runners, and their risk of dying from heart disease was 45 percent lower than for non-runners.
I’ve seen good results myself when I’ve exercised intensely for 15 minutes a day. Everyone has time to exercise. You can find 15 minutes a day. Especially when it comes to investing in your health! If you don’t like to run, try to jump a jump rope, biking, use a rowing machine or do some Tabatha exercises.
Like I always say, experiment with different routines and see what works for you. Is it 5 minutes or 15 minutes? Running or interval training? Listen to your body. It will show you the best way. Also, remember to start slowly if you are new to exercising.