Short Bursts of Exercise Add Up to Fitness
Believe the only way to get fit is to buy a gym membership? Think again, say researchers who compared the exercise habits of over 6,300 men and women with their risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. People who did short bouts of exercise—the equivalent of taking the stairs instead of the elevator—which added up to a total of 30 minutes per day, fared just as well as those who regularly exercised for 10 or more minutes at a time. If you have trouble fitting longer workouts into your week, get your recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise by introducing brief periods of physical activity throughout the day, such as lengthening your walk into work by picking a parking spot that's farther away.
Source: American Journal of Health Promotion, January/February 2013