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Split it Up: Exercise is Not a Chore

One of the best things about exercise is that in order to reap its amazing benefits, you don't have to do it all at once. This means that if you would like to get in at least 45 minutes of walking daily, you can break it up into segments throughout the day and still benefit.

So a sample plan for getting in 45 minutes of walking in:

  • Start by waking up with a 15 minute walk in the morning with the dog.
  • Take a 15 minute break during the work day to go for another short walk.
  • When you get home from work, take a 15 minute walk to de-stress from the day -- Bring along the dog again so he can get in another walk too.

This way by dinner, you've gotten in 45 minutes and it didn't ever feel like a chore, now did it?

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uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 10 years
Sounds easy enough, but how many bosses would actually let you leave and take a 15 minute walk. I know you could do it on your lunch hour, but some of us do not leave for lunch. :-( I wish I had a nicer boss.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
im with greenskittles...i thought you dont really start getting the benefits until 20 mins plus? does anyone know if this is true?
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
yep when i was a waitress i was always trim! moving my butt for hours. i have a greyhound so she should keep me in shape but she is a couch potato :)
esk4 esk4 10 years
I'm lucky the one good thing about working my crappy retail job is I'l walking and moving constantly for like 8 hours...
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I like to do it all at once and break a sweat. Sometimes, after a hard morning in the garden, I feel guilty if I don't go to the gym or run. But, sheesh, 2 to 3 hours of labor in the yard is good enough for a day's workout! I sweat more out there than I do in the gym!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Fit, do we still get the calorie burning benefits if we split it up, or does this only promote cardiovascular health?
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
I thought I learned somewhere that you have to keep your heart rate elevated for more than 20 minutes before you start burning fat? No?
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