Recent studies show that just 15 minutes of exercise a day could keep you living — and working out — longer.
Sometimes it seems like experts can’t make up their minds. First we need an hour of exercise a day to stay healthy. Then it’s just 30 minutes five times a week. Now, research says 15 minutes of exercise a day could add up to three years to our lives. Awesome!
Lead researcher Chi Pang Wen of Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes told Reuters “It’s for men, women, the young and old, smokers, healthy and unhealthy people.” He also said that doctors can successfully offer any patient this “one-size-fits-all type of advice.”
The study followed almost half a million people for 13 years, looking at their medical records and and reporting on their activity from year to year. When considering age, weight, sex and other health conditions, Wen and his fellow researchers found that just 15 minutes of exercise a day — compared to study participants who were inactive — increased their lives by three years.
Who can’t squeeze that into their busy schedule?!
When you add those three years to your life, you won’t want to stop there. Take Mary Harada for example. Featured in the article “Golden Goddesses” in the Jan./Feb. issue of Women’s Running magazine, Harada’s activity of choice is running, and she holds the bragging rights to an American record in the mile. She’ll turn 77 this summer.
Whatever your activity and whatever time of day you choose to do it — get out there and get your 15 minutes in. Maybe you can break a record before you turn 77, too.