We all hear about the benefits of regular exercise, but often, busy schedules get in the way of making it to the gym for an hour. However, there’s good news for people who can’t spare more than 15 minutes of their day. New research has revealed that even small bouts of exercise can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Though the official government guidelines suggest two and a half hours of exercise a week, a study by the American Heart Association claims that research participants who went from not exercising to exercising for 15 minutes a day saw huge health benefits. The study noted that, while more exercise may be needed to reach a healthy weight, a short, daily workout could drastically reduce the risk of heart disease.
Regular exercise has a plethora of health benefits, and many of them are “skin deep.” For example, exercise has been shown to flush out toxins from your body, giving your skin a brighter glow. It also reduces cortisol levels, a hormone that causes stress and can lead to early aging. Don’t be afraid to try a new sport, activity, or exercise class to get yourself moving, but make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors.