It's well known that too much inactivity can slow down metabolism and lead to health problems, but it can be hard to fit in a long workout if you're just starting an exercise routine. Because research has shown that just a few minutes of activity can both improve your health and increase your calorie burn, make a goal to get a least 10 minutes of exercise a day.
One recent study found that just 2.5 minutes of intense activity can help you burn an extra 200 calories throughout the day. Another found that just four to six 30-second cardio sprints in between short periods of low-intensity exercise can help lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The key is to make sure that you are challenging your body with high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It can be as simple as running up and down the stairs, doing 30-second intervals of jumping jacks during an evening walk, or trying one of our Tabata workouts: an eight-minute squat and push-up workout, a 10-minute mat workout, or this 10-minute calorie-blasting Tabata workout. With all the benefits of just a few minutes of exercise, there's no excuse not to work up a sweat!