I splurged! …and a 5-minute run?

Hey guys! Another Monday…I swear, our dog actually gets the Monday blues. On weekend days he’s active and following us around, and once Monday hits he’s sulking in his bed for most of the day. What. a. baby.

So this weekend my husband and I wanted to do a casual date night on Saturday. I got to pick where we’d go, so after some serious thought I settled on…

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SHAKE SHACK.

I often forget that there’s a Shake Shack near us, since it’s weird to think about one being in Miami, not New York. Shake Shack was one of my guilty pleasures when I lived in NYC, and I was over the moon when they brought one down to us after we moved to Florida! I literally gasped when the “Coming Soon” sign was put up. A lot of people didn’t yet understand why I’d react that way.

I rocked out on a Shack burger, some French fries, and finished up with a chocolate concrete. My mix-in? CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE COOKIE DOUGH.

Best date night ever!

Photo: NYTimes

Ok enough discussion about decadent meals. I found an article over at the New York Times’ Well website suggesting that Running 5 Minutes A Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits.

Some interesting takeaways:

As a group, runners gained about three extra years of life compared with those adults who never ran.

Remarkably, these benefits were about the same no matter how much or little people ran. Those who hit the paths for 150 minutes or more a week, or who were particularly speedy, clipping off six-minute miles or better, lived longer than those who didn’t run. But they didn’t live significantly longer those who ran the least, including people running as little as five or 10 minutes a day at a leisurely pace of 10 minutes a mile or slower.

Ok but basically, “running” in this article is referring to “vigorous activity”. Love to jump rope? Pump it up for five minutes. Jumping jacks? Get hopping for five minutes. Anything vigorous, do it for your health!

So five minutes of running, lower mileage, lots of recent research showing that running is an accessible form of exercise–it doesn’t mean you have to slave away at it all week. Interesting!

Also, tonight I’ll be joining @HealthyWayMag and @SIX02 on a Twitter chat, 8pm EST! Follow and join in on the hashtag #HealthyWayMag and #SIX02Moment! Hope to see you there!