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  • Writer's pictureBrad Eickhoff, Motivational Speaker and Certified Life Coach

What is the 5 15 rule?

Does it seem like you are stuck in one spot the entire day. Maybe working from home and it seems like you never leave the room?

The good news: there's an easy rule that can help you remember to be just a little more active during the work day: the 5/15 Rule. Both parts to this equation are simple: the 5 means you should take 5 minutes to get up and move or walk around for every hour you spend sitting. Just get outside and enjoy the sun or nice weather.

Here’s where the 15 comes in—when it’s time for your lunch break, dedicate at least 15 minutes to walking. Try walking to a nearby park or walking a few blocks while you eat. If you’re picking up lunch from somewhere nearby, walk a few blocks out of the way to get your full 15 minutes in.

If you can walk for longer, or take multiple 15-minute breaks per day, go for the goal. Do it.. Not only will it get you up and moving more often which is important for your physical health, you’ll also probably notice a positive shift in your focus and productivity— this is your Mental Health.

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