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The 15 Minutes a Day Rule

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Jun 20, 2016
The 15 Minutes a Day Rule

Does the thought of walking into a gym give you anxiety? Does putting on your running shoes and stepping outside for a run make you feel like you’d rather be doing anything else? Well, you may be in luck, studies say that 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day is all you really need!

The Centers for Disease Control recommends adults to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, or just 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. That equates to just 15 to 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

I spoke with celebrity personal trainer to Jennifer Lawrence, the Game of Thrones cast, and more, Dalton Wong, about this very concept. “By taking 15 minutes- that’s just 1% of your day- to do something for your body that makes you feel good. You don’t just get an instant lift, you build a lasting change,” he wrote in his book The Feel Good Plan: Happy Healthy and Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day.

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I asked Mr. Wong what the best workout you can do in 15 minutes was. He told me, “You need to pick the exercise program or activity that is going to make your body feel better. If you have lots of energy, then do any type of workout you like, but if you are really stressed out, it’s good to take care of yourself and do invigorating things that make your body feel better rather than worse. For example, when you are stressed, the best thing for you to do would be to do your 15 minutes of warm up stretches or your 15 minutes of meditation and your cool down stretches. Now, on the other hand, if you wake up in the morning and you have lots of energy, then you can do the high intensity exercise class because your body will benefit from it. So you need to pick the exercise plan that is best suited for your body at that moment in time.”

Click here to read my full interview with Dalton Wong, personal trainer to the stars. And while you’re at it go for a quick 15-minute walk. It will make all the difference!