Hey everyone! I know its Saturday…and I know you may have read this post LAST Friday, but this Fit Tip didn’t make the transfer to my new blog layout, so I wanted to post it again!
It builds on a few conversations I have been having both around the blogosphere and IRL (I had to throw in the “in real life” slang there, since I am soo geeky) about the difference between ‘Health’ and ‘Fitness’.
A fitness friend posed the question. “Are 15 minute workouts worth it?”
She received a slew of responses from “yes, as a busy mom, sometimes its all I can do” to “No, people are fooling themselves if they think 15 minutes do anything”
I freely admit that the former avid exerciser in me often will skip a workout if I can’t make it a long enough one. But the problem with that mentality, is that over the last 4 years, I have skipped more workouts than I have done…
I have had to change my attitude about what it means to be healthy and now fall firmly in the any-exercise-is-good-for-you camp.
I strongly suggest you go and read the NPR article, but here are my favorite points.
- Research shows that people who stand up for every 20 minutes of sitting have a lower rate of diabetes than people who sit for the full workday.
- Walking may be the single best exercise on the planet
- Warm up prior to exercise, but don’t stretch, it sends a signal to your brain your muscles is about to be damaged. But warming up the tissue with a warm up IS important.
- You can become healthy with much lower time and intensity of exercise than it takes to become fit
- Chocolate milk is a great recovery drink!
Lets change our attitudes about what it means to be fit and lets focus on getting healthy! Now, if you’ll excuse me…I am going for a walk!