15 minutes of exercise increases life expectancy



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15 minutes of movement during lunch break against schnitzel coma
18.02.2014

Those who find time to move around for 15 minutes during their lunch break not only increase their concentration and well-being, but also the latest studies show that their life expectancy increases. Experts recommend using the time to become active against the so-called "schnitzel coma".

15 minutes of normal daily exercise Already a quarter of an hour of exercise during the lunch break not only increases concentration and well-being, but, according to the latest studies, even life expectancy. The German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP) drew attention to this. A large study from Taiwan with over 400,000 participants showed that 15 minutes of normal daily exercise are enough to significantly increase life expectancy compared to inactive people. So far, a minimum of half an hour a day has been the standard. The effects are even better if the speed is increased.

Lunch break lends itself to exercise According to the DGSP, even small, only partially active commutes, such as the walk to the bus or the bicycle to the train station, prevent excess weight and an increase in fat and sugar. Keeping fit also if you use the stairs instead of the elevator. It is also advisable to use times of the day that facilitate the automatic integration of these ranges of motion into everyday life. In many companies, the lunch break is ideal for this, as it usually leaves enough time windows in addition to eating to integrate effective exercise content. In this context, group offers for active organization of the lunch break, company-owned fitness studios or nearby green areas are helpful.

Active against schnitzel coma A little movement during the break is also a good way to take action against tiredness after lunch, the so-called schnitzel coma. The best remedy would be to take a ten-minute nap, but most bosses don't like to see employees slumbering at work. The schnitzel coma arises when the stomach needs a lot of blood to work after eating to cope with the ingested food. This lowers blood pressure and the typical tiredness occurs. Those who have difficulty concentrating after lunch break should try coordination exercises. For example, against the schnitzel coma, it can help to keep your balance on one leg for a minute. Or alternatively, balance on a tree trunk or sidewalk edge. As the DGSP announced, both stimulate the brain cells. "But even simple movement elements such as small finger games or balance exercises can be easily integrated into the lunch break," say the sports physicians. Immediately afterwards you can feel the reward: concentration, well-being and complacency are sustainably increased.

Walk in the fresh air If you have more time during your lunch break, you can also go for a quarter-hour walk in the fresh air, because daylight and oxygen wake you up and make you feel more efficient and receptive again. In addition, thanks to UV light, the body releases less of the sleep hormone melatonin. It is not advisable to skip the lunch break, because those who swallow something quickly on the side tend to eat larger amounts than would be necessary under stress. In addition, the performance steadily decreases over the afternoon. A healthy diet is also useful. High fat food, carbohydrates and large portions strain the body. Therefore, smaller quantities and light meals are advised. If you also have a good breakfast, you not only increase your mental performance, but also avoid cravings during the lunch break. (sb)

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