Got 15 Minutes?
According to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet, 15 minutes of exercise a day is all you need to extend your life by 3 years. Hmmm...well, okay. I don't know where to start with this one, so I'll just run (no pun intended) with it. For a society that truly believes in all or nothing thinking, this should be a good thing. Surely anyone can do 15 minutes a day of moderate (whatever that means) exercise. The truth is that maybe 15 minutes will lead to 20, then 30, then 40, etc. Exercise just plain feels good, so why do we resist it so much? Probably because most of think we need to exercise hard for at least an hour a day, and if we don't have a whole hour, then we just throw in the towel (another pun) and say forget it. Let's forget about guidelines, research studies, recommendations, etc. and think about some of the ways that we enjoy moving our bodies. What do you like to do? Remember how good it feels to move. Try to avoid the all or nothing thinking; it will get you nowhere. Don't worry about exercising for a given amount of time, just get up and get moving! You never know how far you might go...26.2??