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15 minutes of exercise per day has proven health benefits

Jumping on the beachIt’s not ‘new’ news that obesity is becoming more and more widespread, and that as a nation we’re becoming less and less fit – in generality. And, if I’m honest, this surprises me. Why? Well because it’s never been easier to do at least 15 minutes of exercise per day.

With the internet exercise classes have become readily available, including our Tabata training method which gets streamed live to your PC, which means you don’t even need to leave your house or office to stay fit.

And why is it so important to stay fit? Quite simply, because it will greatly reduce your risk of illness to things such as cardiovascular diseases.

Now you may be thinking, “Is 15 minutes really going to do that much?”, and the quick answer is “Yes!”.

A medical screening program that took place in Taiwan looked at individuals who fell into various categories, determined by them, as to whether they didn’t work out at all, did a low amount of exercise, a medium amount, a high amount, or a very high amount of exercise per week. The research calculated hazard ratios for mortality risks for every group compared with the inactive group, and calculated life expectancy for every group.

The results were that compared with individuals in the inactive group, those in the low-volume activity group, who exercised for an average of 15 min per day had a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and had a 3 year longer life expectancy.**

So let’s look at this logically. Medical professionals are recommending that by doing just 15 minutes exercise per day, out of a total of 1,440 minutes that make up your day, you will be healthier, as well as fitter.

OK, so we’re not expecting you to run at full speed for 15 minutes every day. But if by incorporating regular activity into your daily regime you prolong your life expectancy and reduce your risk to serious diseases, surely that is something to take seriously?

My advice? Start walking that last 15 minutes to work, join a class a couple of times per week, take the stairs instead of the lift, walk to the local shop instead of driving. It’s the little things really can make a difference.

So what are you waiting for it? We’re only talking about 15 minutes out of your day.

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