You might believe that unless you spend an hour or more pushing yourself until you are sweaty, shaky and exhausted, that your workout was not enough to make a difference. While a full 60 minute sweat sesh feels amazing, many of us don't have the time or energy for that kind of workout each and every day.
The truth is, even just 15 minutes of moderate movement per day can have a profound immediate and sustainable impact on your physical and mental health.
A 2013 article published by Harvard Medical School states "as little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can increase your life span by as much as three years." And they say you can't buy time, huh? Further, the article explains that exercise does not have to be rigorous to be beneficial (you love to see it) and that strength training for bone density, in addition to movement that helps to increase mobility, stability and flexibility all contribute to a lower risk for heart conditions and high blood pressure. Daily movement can also lead to an increase in your bodies ability to fight oxidative stress, inflammation, depression, as well as improving your circulation, mental focus, sleep, and metabolism.
The real kicker here is that every minute past 15 counts, too. So, even if your oscillating between 15-30 minutes a day of movement, you can do so knowing that you're increasing the span of your life, profoundly improving your overall health and then some. Regular movement will also lead to increased stamina and endurance over time, making it easier for you extend the length of workouts as well as increase the intensity of your movement.
Here's a bit of basic math to help break down how this one small change can easily fit into your daily routine:
You have 24 hours in a day. Let's say you sleep for 8 hours per day (rest is important too), leaving you with 16 hours in your day to be productive. If you spend 30 minutes of your 16 hour day dedicated to moving your body, that is only 3.125% of your day. If you spend 15 minutes of your day dedicated to moving your body, that is only 1.563% of your day.
Making small, but significant changes daily can change change your entire life. Putting in just a bit of time now can not only buy you time later, but also drastically improve your life now. Now, get moving at www.meredithramirezmethod.com.