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  • Writer's pictureMatt Symes

11 Minutes to Improve Your Health Span

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

The Lead Yourself First newsletter is a deep dive into what keeps leaders healthy and performing at their peak. Every fourth week, I'll distill one or more points to help you prioritize self-leadership and personal growth.

Man walking in nature during the early morning hours
An 11 Minute walk

An 11 minute walk. Ideally, with pace on uneven ground in nature. If you can, in the morning at first light. Without a digital tether. No matter your age, this is the single best thing you can do for your long-term health.

The University of Cambridge completed a meta-analysis of 196 studies. They concluded that some is better than none and that as little as an 11 minute brisk walk a day can lower your risk of premature death by 25%.

It is a laughably small commitment.

The average person spends 3 hours and 14 minutes on their phone. Surely, you can find 11 minutes for a walk.

How are you prioritizing your health?


PS - If you want to dive into strategies to push through growth challenges and scale up your sales, marketing and operations, check out this week's episode of the Racki & Symes podcast. 

"You don’t need excitement; you need consistency. You don’t need more time; you need more focus."

- Shane Parrish



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