In less time than it takes to watch another rerun of The Office, you can blast calories and increase your chance of a long life. Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can extend your life by 3 years, according to recent research from Taiwan. The study tracked more than 400,000 people over 13 years and found that participants who completed 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day (think brisk walking) increased their life expectancy by an average of 3 years compared with inactive individuals. The quarter-hour of activity has other benefits, too; the researchers were able to draw a connection between daily exercise and a lower incidence of cancer. And, of course, while you’re at it you’ll also burn calories—sometimes close to 200 in just 15 minutes.
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