No one messes with your perfect 72-minute routine that allows just enough time for cardio, strength training, stretching, and a quick shower, so when you can't carve out that chunk of time, forgoing exercise seems like a no-brainer. But short workouts have their place too, so even if you only have 15 minutes to spare, here are three reasons to slip on your sneaks and go for it.
- There are still calories to be burned: Focus on fast-paced movement like jumping rope, walking up and down stairs, or bike riding for 15 minutes, and you'll burn between 120 and 165 calories. Can't say that for sitting on your tush. And those calories add up! Burning 135 calories on a 15-minute run might not seem like much, but if you squeeze it in five times a week, that's 675 calories more burned than if you decided to skip out.
- You'll reap the health benefits: Before you get so tense at the office that you want to hurl your computer, why not