January 30, 2015
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If you have trouble fitting fitness into your schedule, great news: Researchers found that shorter bouts of exerciseeven as brief as 2 minutestotaling 30 minutes per day may have as much impact as a half-hour of nonstop movement in helping to lower your risk of heart disease. In other words, a little bit of activity here and there can really add up. This 10-minute routine will get results and can easily fit into your most hectic days.
1 MIN: Walk at a moderate pace. (Talking should be a bit tough but not impossible.)
1 MIN: Walk at a brisk pace. (Talking should be difficult.)
2 MIN: Walk at an easy pace. (Carrying on a conversation should be easy.)
1 MIN: Walk at a brisk pace.
2 MIN: Walk at an easy pace.
If this routine starts to feel less challenging, add 15 seconds to the brisk bursts while shaving 15 seconds off the easy intervals. To easily increase the intensity of your walk, try to take slightly shorter steps. (Longer strides can slow you down.)
SOURCE: Judy Heller, ACE-certified personal trainer, walking coach and founder, Wonders of Walking (WOW), Portland, OR
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Last modified: January 30, 2015
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