Does your schedule ever feel too packed for a 30-minute session of exercise? There are a million things to do every day, and sometimes it feels impossible to get it all done. This Monday, learn how short bursts of physical activity throughout the day can add up to make a big difference, like a stronger heart and lower blood pressure.
Small increases in physical activity can positively impact your health and be accomplished by making minor lifestyle changes. Studies reveal short sessions throughout the day are beneficial because every minute counts. Another study found 5 to 10-minute bouts of physical activity, even accounting for one to two minute breaks in between, can help add up to your weekly recommended amount of physical activity.
So, if you do a short yoga routine in the morning, climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and walk on your lunch break, you can have a complete workout for the day.
Here are 10 ideas for short bursts of physical activity for low to moderate fitness levels:
- Organize a #MondayMile! Plant to walk a mile with friends or co-workers, this will turn exercise into a fun, social activity.
- Stretch regularly. Being flexible can help you enjoy more of life, too!
- Do a quick chair yoga routine at your desk.
- Do a wall squat while you’re on the phone.
- Walk in place using the back of a stationary chair.
- Drink water regularly and get up for refills.
- Park in the back of the lot to add steps to your destination.
- If you take a train or a bus, exit one or two stops before your destination to fit in a walk.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. It’s true, exercise can be that simple.
- Do some easy and fun core strength exercises in a chair.
This Monday, do short sessions of exercise throughout the day. You’ll quickly see how to fit it into the rest of your week. Starting on Mondays, Move It Monday helps you explore ways to make fitness more convenient and doable. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!