Short bursts of daily exercise can add up

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It’s the new year and it’s time for resolutions again. So many people join the health club…and then stop working out 6 weeks later. Don’t be one of them. Being physically fit is one of most important things the modern creature has to do.

We live such sedentary lives today. Most of us just sit in the office all day. Our long commutes mean we’re too tired to exercise regularly. Those among us who work traditional manual labor jobs often use machines to do much of the backbreaking labor that was once done by hand.

Enter the concept of “instant recess.” With instant recess, you simply take two 10-minute breaks each day and do something. It can be as simple as walking the stairs at your workplace. These short bursts apparently get the job done, according to The New York Times. The idea is that most Americans can’t allocate 30 minutes per day to exercise, so something is better than nothing.

My executive radio producer Christa is the queen of advocating 10 minute workouts for me when I’m griping about not having enough time for a full exercise routine. Just that 10 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical makes some kind of difference and it can really turn my day around.

So think about scheduling two 10-minute cycles in your day — go stretch your legs and say hello to everybody in the office who you normally don’t see. You’ll become more fit and probably more focused at work.  This is my mini-new year’s exercise program for you!



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