In a perfect world we would l be able to regularly dedicate 45 minutes to work on our fitness. However, we can barely find the time to finish our work, prepare dinner, get the kids to bed, etc., let alone spend almost an hour working out. Turns out, there might be another solution for staying healthy when it feels like you just don't have time to exercise. It’s called, Exercise Snacks or Movement snacks which allows you to break your workouts into increments throughout the day.
There are lots of benefits to exercise snacking – just like a snack provides a small burst of energy in the form of food, a movement snack does the same in form of movement. It’s surprisingly simple to add movement breaks into your day. For example, start stretching when you wake up and before you go to bed each night. Or most smartwatches will notify you if you have been sitting for too long. Listen to it! When you get the notification, stand up and take a stretch break or a quick walk. It’s that easy!
So, rather than long, strenuous workouts…think about exercise movements that are challenging enough to jack up your heart rate, but only a minute or less at a time—such as a HIITworkout… think 20 seconds of squat jumps, stair climbing, burpees or a fast 60-second run down your block. For those – not having time – and are working from home, you can break up your day by doing Yoga at lunch, or on a (large) conference call, take a Walkwhile you listen to stretch your legs.
If your at work, some ideas include a walk during your lunch break, or if your meeting with a co-worker, make it a walking meeting, take the stairs instead of the elevator or consider using a standing desk
While 30 minutes a day, five days a week can seem daunting, breaking that 30 minutes into five- or 10-minute segments makes it easier for you to accomplish without having to spend time at the gym.
These breaks can be incorporated both in and outside of the office and throughout your workday. Consider taking a movement break with your co-worker or family member for accountability. After all, is said and done, the most important thing is that you start moving!
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