23 1/2 Hours

I was given a link by my dietician this week to a video that has gone viral since its release in December, but I had never seen it. This video extolled the virtues of getting out and exercising.

Now I know what you’re thinking…there are a million videos like that. Sure, but this one was different. This one wasn’t trying to shill or sell a product. This one wasn’t telling you what exercises are available to help you get a flatter stomach or a tighter butt. What this video does is tell you that simple exercise is the best medicine your body can have. It also answers a huge question: If exercise is the medicine, how much is the dose?

This one said simply this: something is better than nothing.

Have you ever thought about taking a quick walk on a break but was under the assumption that 10 minutes wouldn’t fix anything so didn’t end up going? I’ve actually had people at work tell me that walking on my break is a waste of time because unless I “get my burn on”, it’s not going to do anything for me.

That, I now realize, is entirely untrue.

This video not only tells you why tiny amounts of regular exercise a day is a benefit to you, it also provides documented studies that back up those claims.

For example, did you know that by just walking ONE HOUR A WEEK (approximately 10 minutes per day) that you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%?  This is even the case of people considered “obese”…if they walk regularly, they will prolong their life. Period.

Another example…you can reduce high blood pressure and hypertension by 12% by simply walking between 10 and 20 minutes a day. The video suggests that you can reduce high blood pressure by 29% if you walk over 21 minutes a day.

This isn’t lifting weights…this isn’t jogging…this isn’t aerobics…this is WALKING.

I was blown away by this video by Dr. Mike Evans, a professor at the University of Toronto and a practicing physician. It also helps me to confirm that what I’ve been doing over the past six weeks is right on track. I’ve lost 13 pounds since January 1st and I haven’t really done any crazy dieting or exercise regimens. I’ve simply been more active and have begun counting my calories. Those two things combined have done tremendous things to my body that I can begin to feel.

If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, I highly recommend watching this video. If you’ve ever told yourself that you didn’t have time to exercise so why bother, this is a must-see for you. At the end it even asks an amazing question:

Think about that for a minute. 30 minutes a day, regardless of what it is. Just stand up and move around.  That’s it.  How insanely simple is that?  Please…watch the video. Hopefully you’ll be as inspired as I was.

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16 thoughts on “23 1/2 Hours

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m SO proud of you. 🙂

    It’s good that there are people out there busting myths about exercise. So many people, like those you work with, don’t do ANYTHING because they think that you have to kill yourself at the gym for an hour in order for it to “count”. You’re proof that doesn’t need to be the case at all!

    Something is ALWAYS better than nothing….

  2. I haven’t watched the video yet, but I will. Thanks, CGB for your inspiration & motivaton! I consider it a gift when others share their experiences & ideas! Keep up the good work!

  3. I love that you just wrote all about this! it is SO TRUE! the whole 10K steps a day thing is also really true…just get MOVING throughout the day and you are working out. You are. that’s 5 miles! Something IS always better than nothing!

  4. Super proud of you, this is awesome! Go you! I started jogging this summer and it absolutely changed my outlook on everything. Started small, just jogging up a hill in my neighborhood and then increased it little by little. Then the winter came, and I have been lazy + I broke my pinky toe! But, as soon as it’s all better – I’ll be back at it. Anyway, big fist pump for you!

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