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Take 10: Short workouts can really work

“Not enough time.” That’s a common lament – especially when it comes to exercise. But with minor tweaks to your schedule, the benefits of exercise can be yours if you simply take it 10 minutes at a time.

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week. Weight loss, better sleep, and lower risk for heart disease are all compelling reasons to be active. And as long as your weekly total is 150 minutes, exercising in 10-minute increments (that’s only three times each weekday) is as effective as doing longer workouts.

Where to find openings for three 10-minute activity breaks? Try looking here:

Morning
Time your commute on public transportation so you can get off early for a brisk walk. If you drive to work, walk through a park near your office or park as far away from the entrance as possible.

Noon
Spend the last 10 minutes of your lunch hour climbing up and down the stairs.

Evening
Repeat your morning routine, and boom! You’ve done your time for today!

Sources: American College of Sports Medicine; American Council on Exercise

 

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