How Running 5 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

Posted On Aug 5, 2014 By Bowflex Insider Team

How Running Five Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

For all of you who "don't have time to exercise," you will now have to work much harder to come up with an excuse for not doing so! New research has found that those who jogged or ran for only 51 minutes per week cut their risk of heart disease (our nation's top cause of death) by 45 percent! That equates to a 5-10 minute session per day. Think about it, in the time it takes most people to dream up and discuss an excuse for not exercising, they could actually sneak in a run and be done … Boom!

These results were comparable to the health benefits of runners who ran many more minutes and miles per week, which proves that the quality and consistency of exercise is often just as much or more beneficial than quantity. If you are a beginner and haven't run before, start with brisk walking and work your way up to running. Once you can run for 5 minutes without stopping, simply stay consistent and vary your workout duration and distances to avoid boredom and overuse injuries. Be smart and more importantly, be consistent … you can do this!

If you want to learn more, check out these articles from Discovery and LA Times.