Just a Little Exercise Goes a Long Way

It is pretty much common knowledge these days that exercise is important. It has a host of benefits too numerous to name in a short article, all of which can improve your performance and productivity on the job.
It can improve your cardiovascular health, your mental alertness, your stamina, your feeling of well being. It can also improve your mood and decrease stress. These are just a few of the benefits.
Experts recommend that young people under the age of 18 get about 60 minutes of exercise a day. Adults should get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. But many of us have trouble even doing that small amount. But if you only have time to get in a few minutes of exercise each day, there is good news – even that tiny amount can have big benefits.
Recent studies have found that even low doses of light exercise – as little as 15 minutes a day – can bring down mortality rates. Light exercise includes things like walking around the office, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or going for a walk during lunch or a coffee break.
Getting just five minutes of exercise each hour can burn about 1,000 calories a week, showing that just small efforts can lead to big changes.
Another way to improve your health is to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. But again, if you get up and walk around for just two minutes every hour, your mortality risk will drop by 33 percent, according to research.
So, the key takeaway is just to get moving. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you move your body and get the blood flowing. But health experts caution to start slow and build up gradually. You don’t want to overdo it, which will hurt more than help. It’s always a good idea to check with your physician before beginning any exercise routine.
All you need do is 15 minutes a day, which amounts to just 3 percent of the day.
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