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Health Tip: Exercise in small bursts

Exercise in small bursts: A common misconception is that you need to exercise for at least 30 consecutive minutes to get any health benefit. But the truth is, you can get all the health benefits you need from moderate exercise by performing it in little chunks. If you don’t have a solid block of 30 minutes, try breaking your activity up into 10-minute bursts at different times during the day. Do 10 minutes now, 10 more minutes a few hours from now, and 10 minutes later on. As long as it all adds up to at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, that’s what counts! You don’t need to jump on a piece of cardio equipment to get your heart rate going. Aerobic activity can be anything from mowing the lawn to dancing around the living room or jogging. So not having enough time to hit the gym is no longer a good enough excuse. We all have 10 free minutes. It’s up to you to decide what to do with the time! Be sure to also include some resistance, strength-building, and weight-bearing activities into your weekly workout routine in order to maintain muscle strength and endurance.

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