So this morning’s new reported that running just 5 minutes a day CONSISTENTLY and basically eternally, can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by almost half! The question was posed “What about all the people that say they can’t run because their knees, ankles, hips, feet, back, etc., hurt?” The answer was basically that any or all of these things hurt because you don’t run. Makes sense to me. So if 5 minutes causes pain, try doing it for 30 seconds a day and add 30 seconds each week. This is a pretty basic theory and it really works for most everything. Slow and steady really does win the race. Of course there will be times and situations when running is just not possible (although after watching Amy Purdy on Dancing With the Stars this year, I am pretty convinced all things are possible) and in those cases, substitution is key. I have worked with people in wheelchairs and gotten their heart rates up in training zone with a lot of upper body work. Be creative and get that heart pumping! It’s not only good for the heart, but all your organs which are dependent upon the big ticker.