The 15-minute workout

Many experts say that if you want to get good at something, do it every day. When it comes to exercise, that can seem like a daunting task for many of us.

Now to be clear, I don’t recommend working out two hours a day, seven days a week. Performing long workouts every day would greatly hinder your results and lead to overtraining. But I do encourage people to move each and every day for at least 15-minutes.

Moving more by taking a walk with your dog or friend down the street, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further away from the grocery store is a good start, but will only take you so far. The human body requires much more than just moving. In order to reduce pain and injury, improve bone density and delay sarcopenia (muscle loss), you need to do a little more. If you do the right movements with proper form, you don’t need a lot of time.

Consistency will always trump intensity when it comes to exercise. So, my suggestion is to perform reasonable workouts that improve mobility, strength, and cardio. In just 15-minutes, five to six times a week, you can keep healthy and maybe gain strength.

For this workout, all you need is a pair of dumbbells, a kettlebell and a jump rope (jumping jacks can replace jump rope). Perform this workout as many days as possible for the next month and watch both your body and mindset change!

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Justin Grinnell B.S., CSCS  is the owner of State of Fitness in East Lansing. He is also a certified nutrition coach. Reach him at 517.708.8828.

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