As you might have noticed, my daily blogging has turned into an every-few-days habit. This is temporary, I promise. Being 35 weeks pregnant, my attention span and my ability to stay awake have been compromised. We’ll return to regularly scheduled blogging in a couple of months.
OK. Now, back to all things good and healthy. Did you hear about the recent observational study that found even just 15 minutes of exercise a day is enough to have a positive impact on your lifespan and risk of death by any cause? Check out this article about the Taiwanese study.
Granted, we’ve all been told that at least 30 minutes a day is preferable (the Center for Disease Control recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, plus additional strength-training). And in the best of times, this is manageable. But sometimes, life gets in the way.
Rather than beat yourself up for not squeezing in 30 minutes, get 15 good minutes of exercise into your schedule and, hopefully, reap the benefits. More is better when it comes to exercise, but hey, the stars won’t align every day for you and your workout plan.
The time.com blog post quoted Dr. Anil Nigam and Dr. Martin Juneau of the Montreal Heart Institute and the University of Montreal in an accompanying editorial in The Lancet, which published the new study online on Aug. 15, as saying: “The knowledge that as little as 15 minutes per day of exercise on most days of the week can substantially reduce an individual’s risk of dying could encourage many more individuals to incorporate a small amount of physical activity into their busy lives.”
If you’re a sedentary person, then this news, I would hope, would motivate you to get up and move. If you’re an active person with a crazy busy life, then I would hope this news would let you know it’s OK if you don’t get your full workout in – as you plan – day in and day out.