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Minutes Matter in Your Exercise Program

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minutes-matter-in-your-exercise-programCan one minute be enough to make a difference in your waistline or heart health risk? 

The newest research from University of Utah in Salt Lake City shows that a burst of exercise lasting only a minute performed at least ten times a day may provide the same health benefits of a continous 10 minute active workout session. Still not convinced? Check out the details of this study. 

This study featured in the recent issue of the American Journal of Health featured "9 Healthy Habits You Can Do in 1 Minute or Less."  

The interesting piece of this information adds to the latest, that is, 150 minutes of exercise done at any time throughout the week can be as effective as 150 minutes spread out daily.  

A minute of exercise can make a difference, but we are still not moving!

The major focus of this new information pushes the issue that we are still not moving. Fewer than 4 percent of Americans ages 20 to 59 achieve a minimum of 150 minutes of weekly exercise as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

6 Ways to be More Active

  1. Walk, walk, walk. Check out my walking programs on FitStudio.com and ACEfitness.org. 
  2. Take the stairs often. Although many office buildings, airports and shopping malls offer stair options, many of us are still taking the elevator and escalator. Opt for the stairs even a few times a week - you may find they are faster than standing still and holding onto a railing.
  3. Stand up for yourself. It can be as easy as standing up and taking a few stretches each hour to add up those minutes of movement. Set a timer at your desk to remind yourself to stand up and change your position at your desk.
  4. Cancel the cleaning lady! House work can provide many benefits: Stretching to dust ceiling fans, washing floors and even vacuuming can help burn calories and pump up your heart rate.
  5. Dance! Dance! Dance! It’s not just Zumba or a video game that you can dance to. Simply put on your ipod and blast the jams! Get dancing!
  6. Shadow box. You don’t have to actually hit something to get the benefits of boxing style workouts. Just stand up and start boxing into the air or do it from your chair at the office.

Remember, the best way to be active is to just do it! Get up and start moving!

For more health and wellness tips, check out Andrea Metcalf.

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