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Ten Minutes a Day to a Healthier You

You might think, when you hear that it only takes 10 minutes of exercise daily to improve physical fitness, that it is just not true. Your incredulity might just keep you on the couch instead of taking Fido, or yourself, out for a walk. Well after listening to a rocking Fitness Rocks podcast featuring an interview with Dr. Timothy Church, I am inspired to reiterate this 10-minutes-a-day fact.

Dr. Church was surprised by the results of his study on the relationship between amount of exercise and fitness levels. Sedentary women who began exercising at a very moderate rate for 10 minutes a day had improved fitness levels as well as decreased waist circumference. Only 10 minutes a day really does help. So get up off that couch and walk, briskly if it is cold where you are, for 10 minutes. Do it daily for an entire week and see how you feel. The study lasted longer than a week, but seven consecutive days of moderate exercise should have you feeling better, and feeling better should help motivate you to keep moving.


suzanne suzanne 9 years
I started walking again, but the weather has to be nice here in the mountains for me to do it :OOPS: Thanks Fit and EllaBella :WAVE: for the good sense advice.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I used to exercise a lot, like 1,5 hour daily, mostly dancing. But lately I don't even have time to take 2 dance lessons a week and I feel I'm getting really lazy. But this inspires me. Maybe I could start walking a few tram stops on my way home from school.
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
This is inspiring....I can totally do 10 minutes.
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 9 years
My mom moved from Houston to NYC and in a few months, she's lost a pant size and firmed up her legs - all from walking alone! Houston has to be one of the worst places for walking or getting exercise in daily routine... NYC is one of the best. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I do an hour haha!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to start exercising more, just a bit here and there.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
--- mtiger, you hate to exercise? Are you really sure? You know exercising is not only running on a treadmill in a gym, dancing is exercising, ice skating is exercising, using your bike to commute is exercising... Are you really sure there is no activity whatsoever you could like? You know exercise can be fun but you have to find something you enjoy! :) If you really hate everything then try and change your habits, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk/ride your bike to work (if the distance is too long go off the subway/bus or park your car so that you have a 30mins walk left to get to work). At the weekend take a long walk both days, etc... If you are more active than you usually are you will burn more calories and lose more weight than with just dieting but not exercising.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
mtiger - yes walking can help you lose weight. You need to burn more calories than you consume and walking will help you burn some calories and walking briskly with some hill involved even more calories.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
..walking around a college campus
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Kim...did you really lose weight walking? I have about 40 pounds to lose...but I hate to exercise!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Walking is the best cardio exercise. I was never lean until I started walking 1/2 hour, or even less as this article states, a day.
emalove emalove 9 years
I would like to start exercising a little more.
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