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Do­ing that for five min­utes low­ers your stress lev­els as ef­fi­ciently as a 20-minute rest, thanks to the way it trig­gers the re­lease of hor­mones that calm your body’s stress-re­sponse sys­tem.

It’s a great way to get hands-on with na­ture, which can im­prove men­tal health. And a five-minute dose is the most ef­fec­tive for self-es­teem, say UK re­searchers. Don’t have a gar­den? Head­ing for the near­est green space will do the trick.

Do it for five min­utes out of ev­ery half an hour you spend sit­ting down. This will re­duce your in­sulin lev­els by 20 per cent and your blood sugar lev­els by 34 per cent, which low­ers your risk of type 2 di­a­betes.

And you don’t even have to run fast. Jog­ging for five min­utes a day at 9km per hour is enough to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce your risk of dy­ing from a wide range of causes, say US re­searchers.

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