Benefits Of Working Out Just 15 Minutes ADay

Sometimes we crave a long, satisfying workout, other times, we can barely motivate ourselves to get off the couch. But it turns out, even when we’re feeling a little too lazy for intense exercise, we can still get a lot out of a shorter sweat sesh. A brief bout of physical activity actually offers some surprising benefits.

Exercising for just 15 minutes a day is linked to these health rewards:

  • Your brain will be sharper - Our brains can benefit just as much as our muscles from working out, and one study finds riding a stationary bike for 10 to 15 minutes resulted in a 14% boost in cognitive performance. Another research project shows that after 10 minutes of light exercise, students performed better on a memory test.
  • It may cut down on cravings - Struggle to control your sweet tooth? Try a brisk 15 minute walk. Research on “regular chocolate eaters” finds those who didn’t eat candy for two full days, then went for a quick 15 minute walk ate half as much chocolate while doing a stressful task as participants who hadn’t exercised.
  • It could improve mental health - Just 15 minutes of running has been shown to help ward off depression. A study from Harvard concludes that a daily 15 minute run can cut the risk of depression by as much as 26%.
  • You may live longer - According to a study of 400-thousand people, 15 minutes of exercise a day can extend your life expectancy by three years and reduce the risk of death by 14%. Not bad for the bare minimums with movement.
  • You’ll burn more calories - You don’t have to spend all day in the weight room to see some impressive results. Research finds folks who did weightlifting for about 11 minutes, three times a week continued burning calories and fat even after they stopped pumping iron.

Source: Eat This, Not That

Thought Starters:

  • So sometimes less really is more!
  • It’s nice to know that just doing the bare minimums with workouts is still good for us.
  • Do you exercise daily? Weekly? How long is your typical workout?

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