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Minutes to a Healthier You: Instead of Waiting, Go For a Walk

If you think about how much time we spend in life waiting, it starts to add up quite a bit. I spent at least two hours of last week waiting on things — there was a prescription that needed filling, a load of laundry that had to be done, and a friend who was running 30 minutes late for our coffee date. From now on, I'm going to use this wait time to my advantage by being active. This all goes back to the idea that even a few minutes of exercise are better than nothing at all.

So the next time my doctor is running behind, or I'm waiting for a friend to get ready, or my lunch order to come up, I'm going to go for a walk around the block. If I've got something in the oven or water boiling for tea, it might be a good time to do a set of push-ups. Heck, my friend has even been known to lift dumbbells or jog in place during commercial breaks while watching TV. Though these little bursts of activity may seem trivial, my friend burns 34 calories every commercial break — that's 130 calories in an hour! How are you going to spend your time waiting?

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