Learn, Share, Grow – Snacking on Exercise
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HAVEN’T MADE IT TO THE GYM YET? TRY SNACKING ON EXERCISE INSTEAD
by Mary Halton
Among the sources of everyday guilt, right up there with “not eating enough fruits and veg” and “not saving enough money” is “not working out.” As a wellness specialist and personal trainer in New Zealand, Lauren Parsons has heard every excuse for why people don’t exercise. The most common? “No time.”
To which, she asks: “Do you have time to brush your teeth every day?”
She estimates that brushing one’s teeth twice a day takes around four minutes. By incorporating exercise into our routines in manageable, four-minute chunks, we can build the foundation for a more active life.
OK, let’s be realistic: Four minutes is not going to transform you into Lionel Messi or Serena Williams (TED conversation: On tennis, love and motherhood). However, some studies have shown that “snacking” on exercise can be worthwhile — that brief, intense bursts of activity still have health benefits.
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- To jumpstart a workout habit, start out with small amounts.
- The most common excuse for why people don’t exercise — no time.
- By incorporating exercise into our routines in manageable, four-minute chunks, we can build the foundation for a more active life.
- Some studies have shown that “snacking” on exercise can be worthwhile — that brief, intense bursts of activity still have health benefits.
- The only requirement to snacking on exercise: it should raise your heart rate, strengthen your muscles, or both.
- Longer workouts can give you even more benefits, but snacking on exercise sounds doable to those who say they don’t have the time. Start somewhere.
- Examples of snacking on exercise:
- Do push-ups on the kitchen counter while the kettle boils in the morning.
- Play with your kids while at the playground.
- Go for a brisk four-minute walk down the hall or up a few flights of stairs at work.
- Grab a mop or vacuum on the weekend and clean to your “workout” playlist.
- Do a set of squats while brushing and flossing your teeth.
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