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Effective 10-Minute Workouts

Effective 10-Minute Workouts

I don’t know if it’s a matter of finding the time or just the thought of a long stretch of exercise, but sometimes a few 10-minute spurts sounds much more reasonable than a longer workout. You can squeeze in 10 minutes of conditioning here and there, and still get the USDA-recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Studies show that a few short spurts of activity offer the same benefits as one long exercise routine. Who knew?! Here’s how.

While You Commute
Park a mile from the office and bike the rest of the way, or park a little closer and speed-walk. “When you put away the car keys, not only do you get your body moving, but you’re also getting an endorphin boost,” says Susanne Wells, owner of Miss Fit wellness studio in Portland, Oregon. Biking is cost-efficient and environmentally friendly, too.

At Your Office
Get creative. Every lull in your schedule is an opportunity for a tone-up, says Dorothy Waterman, a Pasadena-based personal trainer. Do squats while you brush your teeth and calf raises when you do the dishes. At work, strengthen your core by lifting alternating feet off the ground while keeping your tummy tight. And always take the stairs.

In Your Living Room
Sneak in a mini personalized workout sans fussy equipment or a trip to the gym. Waterman recommends doing consecutive sets of exercises–think lunges, push-ups, crunches, and triceps dips–while you’re watching TV or waiting for the pasta water to boil. Tailor the number of sets and repetitions to your fitness level.

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By Melody Warnick and Jessica Rubino, Delicious Living

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5:34AM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

Thank you!

7:50AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

I walk whenever possible.

10:04AM PST on Dec 9, 2010


8:05AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Thanks for posting.

3:58PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

I'm not much for exercise sessions but I definitely would do better on the short mini-sessions than for longer periods. Incorporating some of the "natural life" opportunities for exercise also works better for me:taking the stairs, parking farther away, etc. Thanks for this article; I will try to be more alert to opportunities for these in my daily life.

8:41AM PST on Dec 1, 2010


7:45AM PST on Nov 30, 2010

I always use the stairs at work, not much, but still better than nothing.
Thanks for the tips.

5:17PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Good tips - I find it easy to put off exercise because it's all a bit complicated and needs dedicated swathes of time or special equipment; so now I have no excuses! :-)

7:29AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Claudia, it's the holidays. You have to share a li'l something!!!!!

8:58PM PST on Nov 28, 2010


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