A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that three brisk 10-minute walks daily were as effective as one 30-minute walk daily in decreasing the risk factors for heart disease.
Here are several suggestions for incorporating short walks into your daily activity:
Call to Action:
- Take mini-walks – Walk during work breaks. Arrange for a meeting and then take a walk with the person.
- Take the stairs – If you work or live in a building that has stairs, walk up and down a few flights every day.
- Park and walk – Park further away from the store or office instead of seeking the closest parking space.
- Walk on your lunch break – Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You will return refreshed and ready to work.
- Move while on the phone – Stand up and move around while you have phone conversations. You can do some stretching too!
- Walk around the room – While commercials are playing on the TV get up and walk around the room.
If you’ve been sedentary for a while and just starting to add some physical activity to your day try some of these ideas for just 5 minutes and add a few minutes to each new day.
To your wellness,