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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

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  • A little can go a long way, but I agree that on a lunch break in professional dress clothes one would not go out and work up even a light sweat. I find that even a brisk walk at slightly more than normal speed - say a walk with "purpose" - provides a nice mid-day exercise and mind clearing break when the weather permits. Using stationary equipment or floor exercises while watching sports on TV is an excellent way to get in some minutes and practice multi-tasking skills! - 2/12/2009 10:37:50 PM
  • My only comment would be that it's best not to the "high intensity" stuff and work yourself into a sweat when you're on your lunch hour. Especially if you have to work in close proximity with others! If you can't shower afterward, don't sweat! A brisk walk can get your blood pumping and benefit you too, without risking offending others. - 2/8/2009 10:27:45 AM
  • With 100+ pounds to lose, this seems manageable and gives me hope! - 2/6/2009 1:38:27 PM
    I don't have time to long periods of exercise, so I go for multiple 5-20 minutes walks. It really adds up. - 2/6/2009 10:44:29 AM
  • This motivated me after doing two jobs today, going home cooking, and putting two children to bed. I was going to go and read. Ater reading this article, I decided to take my third child walking with me for 20 minutes!
    Thanks!!! Laura - 2/3/2009 10:56:26 PM
  • Sitting at my desk at work can really slow down your metabolism. On my way to the bathroom, I choose to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs. A small effort, but it adds up. - 1/13/2009 10:58:27 AM
  • I often do a 20-minute jump rope workout over my lunch break, and then another 20 minute elliptical workout after work. I think I'd lose steam if I kept doing 40-minute workouts, and I'd feel like I don't have time for them, so this works great for me. - 11/17/2008 8:36:41 AM
  • I have been doing this for 2 months now at work. I get 2 15 minute breaks and 1/2 hour lunch. We have a 6 story garage and I walk the garage on breaks and lunch. I am 58 years old and have a bad hip but I keep walking (with my doctors approval).. When I first started it was all I could do to walk one story. Now I can walk down all 6 stories and I am getting faster and increasing my heart rate. When I get home from work there is too much "house work" to do to exercise, so this is the only opportunity I get to excercise. I do have to confess that on the weekends I still can't fit in my walking. - 11/17/2008 5:44:24 AM
  • Thanks for this article. I'm on several conference calls each day and this has given me incentive to take a few minutes and get some exercise in while I'm on the phone. - 11/17/2008 3:45:04 AM
  • This is a great concept that I am going to incorporate into my daily routine. I can easily find 3 10 minute openings in my schedule. I was getting overwhelmed at carving out 30-45 minutes to exercise.

    Thanks for simplifying it for me. 10 minutes at a time! - 11/13/2008 7:53:39 AM
  • JEN0828
    This is a great article. It really shows that a little bit can go a long way. - 11/9/2008 11:27:55 AM
  • This week I discovered that instead of sitting down while reading the articles etc on here, you can get oodles of steps done instead of sitting down. Also while doing dishes, I put on the radio and do sidesteps or march in place. MOVE THOSE FEET! - 10/29/2008 12:48:14 AM
  • I have to exercise for short stretches of time due to health problems so a little often is a great idea rather than doing nothing, as you say, it all adds up - 9/24/2008 12:19:32 PM
  • Thank you for this! For years all I've been hearing is that if you don't get at least 20 minutes of cardio in that you are doing nothing for your body....down with that idea! This seems so much more sensible and possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving exercize a new look for me that looks doable. - 9/21/2008 8:37:07 PM
  • I have been wearing a pedometer to work. I am a NIGHT nurse, and it really does tell alot. Most nights I am walking over 7,000 steps which really surprised me. My fellow nurses wondered WHY I was wearing the pedometer, and I said because it adds up and COUNTS towards my physical health!

    The other night, was much slower and easier, and I only walked about 5,000. WOO! - 9/19/2008 9:28:30 AM

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