5 Minutes May Be All That Is Needed

We all struggle to find the time to exercise.  Life is busier now than it has ever been and with this strain on time one of the first things to go is exercise.  But what if I told you that it doesn’t always have to be a minimum of 30 minutes, or even 15 minutes.  What if an effective exercise session could be as little as 5 minutes?  Certainly, we could all find 5 minutes somewhere in our busy day.  Even those of you who say that you already wake up to early and adding more time to your day is not possible.  Well it’s time to put the excuses away and get down to business.

A new study published in the The Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that as little as 5 minutes a day of running lowers an individuals mortality rate.  This held true regardless of the actual running pace that was achieved, although those individuals running at an increased speed seemed to increase the effectiveness of the exercise.

While further research is still needed to see if this holds true for other forms of exercise, the study indicates that running had better mortality benefits versus moderate activities such as walking.  Time to put down the excuses, lace up the shoes, and hit the road…at least for 5 minutes.

About keburns

Exercise Physiologist at The Princeton Longevity Center
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