When it comes to exercise, my personal approach has always included the idea that anything is better than nothing. It began as a way to justify my less-than-lengthy workouts, but there may be some real-world truth behind this idea. In fact, there are some pretty amazing things that happen to your body after just a 5 minute jog. Even if you can't squeeze a full workout into your day, a quick run around the block can still benefit your overall health. Hey, maybe my mantra wasn't so far off after all.
And really, a 5-minute run still counts as a real run. Maybe you wanted to run for a greater time or distance, and your kid's schedule or a work event or other life stuff got in the way. It's OK. Making space for the run you can do today is also so important. You're still lacing up those shoes and getting out the door for a few minutes of exercise, and that's amazing. It helps you stay in the habit of running, even on days when time is short. But more importantly, a quick run can still provide a ton of health benefits that just might make the rest of your day a little less stressful and hectic. It's totally worth the time it takes to slip on your running shoes and hit the pavement.