If You Do This for 5 Minutes a Day You Might Live Longer
Good news for those of us who are time poor but want to stay fit and healthy – a short run each day could help extend your life span.
A little each day goes a very long way
Getting started and staying the course
Here are a few tips to help you get going – and keep up the good work.
- If you’re overweight or over 40, see a doctor before you begin. The same goes if you’ve ever had serious health conditions like: heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes or musculoskeletal issues.
- If you’ve been inactive for some time, or you need help with your running technique, it may pay to see an exercise professional for guidance or join a running group.
- Wear properly fitted running shoes, loose clothing suitable for running, and sunscreen.
- Take a drink bottle to keep up your fluid intake.
- Warm up with some walking or light jogging, and cool down with gentle stretching.
- Make running a priority. Put ‘exercise appointments’ in your diary and treat them as a regular commitment, rather than something to fit in randomly around your busy life.
- Run with friends or family. It’s a great way to stay in touch – and you can support each other as you progress.
- Vary your route occasionally to help maintain your interest.
- Reward yourself with the occasional, healthier treat like a magazine, a spa session, or a movie. This is a terrific way to celebrate your achievements and keep running long-term for maximum benefits.