We're happy to report that the intervention was successful and we've savedSharon certain death-by-elements frozen yogurt. You can tell by the grimmace that she's not thrilled but she'll come around...
Think a 15 minute workout isn't enough? If thats your line of thinking you've clearly never done CrossFit or met Fran. We can do an awful lot of work in 15 minutes- but even 15 minutes of not-CrossFit can be beneficial:
Doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day may add three years to your life, a large study in Taiwan has found.
Most people struggle to stick to the standard guideline of 30 minutes a day of exercise, five days a week, and experts hope that by identifying a lower dose, more people will be motivated to get off the couch.
Lead researcher Chi Pang Wen of Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes said dedicating 15 minutes a day to a moderate form of exercise, like brisk walking, would benefit anyone.
"It's for men, women, the young and old, smokers, healthy and unhealthy people. Doctors, when they see any type of patient, this is a one-size-fits-all type of advice," Wen told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Wen and colleagues, who published their findings in medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday, tracked over 416,000 participants for 13 years, analysing their health records and reported levels of physical activity each year.
After taking into account differences in age, weight, sex and a range of health-related indicators, they found that just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day increased life expectancy by three years compared to those who remained inactive.
"The first 15 minutes ... the benefits are enormous," Wen said.