I never buy the Marin IJ. I just don't. Occasionally I'll glance at the "In Your Town" section when I see it lying around at work, but that's about it. But day before yesterday on a gas station run, I decided to buy that paper. I'm not even sure why. And there, on page A8, was some of the most exciting, positive news I'd read in any paper in a long time: "15 Minutes of daily exercise a benefit." With a fresh voice and direct message, Alicia Chang of the Associated Press was telling people to not "despair if you can't fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Growing evidence suggests that even half that much can help." And luckily she goes on to say you can't slack off (!)
Bodies weren't designed to be sedentary. Modern society works against us. You may live an active lifestyle and have fit friends, but the majority of Americans are not. Although established fitness guidelines by the World Health Organization and many others recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, it is encouraging to see the results from a Taiwanese study. People can lead a longer life by exercising just 15 minutes per day.
Some people are daunted at the thought of joining a health club. Others, such as the obese or de-conditioned, might feel overwhelmed at the thought of going from no exercise at all to a full 30 minutes. It's good news but no surprise to those of us who have been preaching the exercise word for years: some movement is better than none; and not only is 15 minutes better than none, turns out it might be much better for you than you would've thought. Spread the good feelings that exercise brings, and grab a friend that might need some encouragement and head outside for a brisk walk or hike. . .both are free and easy to do at any level.
Oh, and maybe I don't buy the IJ because they over-edit their AP stories. The link above is to the full article as it ran on Huffington Post.
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