15 Minutes a Day. It Will Change Your Life

Couch potatoes don’t live as long. Period. Here’s how 15 minutes of activity each day will not only change your life, but save it.

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Work your abs

Recent studies about physical inactivity highlight the importance of how an active and healthy lifestyle is crucial for our longevity. In today’s busy, fast-paced world, we often find ourselves spending large amounts of time being sedentary, whether at work or travel. According to the Australian health survey, nearly 70% of Australian adults are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity. This indicates that more than half of the population are at risk of cardiovascular diseases and other conditions like type 2 diabetes and cancer.

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The research suggested that a couch potato lifestyle with six hours of TV a day cuts your lifespan by five years. However just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by 3 years and cut death risk by 14%. The Australian government’s recent exercise advice is to have a more flexible approach, recommending we get 150 minutes of activity a week. This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of exercise every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example.

Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle offer huge benefits and these studies do not surprise us and support what we believe in. Once you start to do more exercise, you get a taste for it and we gradually start to up our daily routines. So if 90 minutes a week of exercise can add three years to your life, some brisk walking or cycling to work could be on the cards! Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles, reduce the risk of ill health and boost your immunity.

So what are you favourite 15-minute workouts to do? Get fitter quicker with Health and Fitness Travel’s recommended 10 short workouts you can do anywhere:

Do some low-intensity cardio, such as brisk walking, marching in place or step-ups.

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Low Intensity Cardio

Cycle to the shops and attempt some hill climbs to get your legs to really work

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Find some floor space and do press ups, side planks or jumping jacks.

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Press ups, side planks or jumping jacks

Ditch the lifts and escalators when you’re out the house, and run up as many stairs as you can.

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Running up the stairs

Practice yoga or Pilates, some quick simple poses can make all the difference.

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Go for a run. A quick running session will get your heart rate up.

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Try some lunges and squats to work your largest muscle group.

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Lunges (Image Source: Emerald Journal)

Increase your circulation and flexibility with some simple stretching.

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Stretching (Image Source: Hellinah and Basket)

Work your abs! An effective core exercise is the plank, which simply involves holding in a push-up position for one minute.

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Work your abs

Build your strength – Use a set of weights and do bicep curls, overhead presses and other upper body exercises.

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Upper body exercises

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au or call 1300 551 353.