Does 5 Minutes of Movement Make a Difference?


As a fitness and wellness trainer I’m often asked “does taking the stairs really make that much of a difference?” Or “does parking further away in a parking lot count [toward improving health]?” The results are in and, yes, adding more movement into your day really does lead to a myriad of health benefits! Keep in mind, longer bouts of exercise are still important, but research shows that even if you workout on a regular basis, it’s necessary to move consistently throughout the day. In addition to the physical benefits many of us may be familiar with, there is a growing body of research to support the benefits of movement to mental well-being.* And, the CDC agrees that everyone can experience the benefits of physical activity regardless of age, ability, shape, ethnicity or size.

For more information on mental well-being and movement:

What’s the best way to experience the physical and mental benefits of movement? Try it yourself with this 5-minute break shown below. Or check out one of our 5-minute videos in our on-demand library that includes cardio, strength, breathing, yoga, and more.



About Author

Pam Cole

Sr Manager, Recreation and Fitness

Pam has been at SAS Institute for over 20 years and has worked in fitness for over 25 years. An avid Tarheel fan, Pam graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major in Communications and Radio Television Motion Pictures. She began teaching group exercise classes while in Chapel Hill and still loves it. In addition to teaching group exercise, she is a certified personal trainer with the National Sports Performance Association as a Pre and Post-Rehab Exercise Specialist. In her spare time, she likes to garden, do rehab projects on her home and cook.

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