The benefits of physical activity and exercise are numerous. Individuals can achieve numerous health-related benefits from modest amounts of moderate-intensity exercise, and even greater benefits from vigorous-intensity exercise, or a combination of both. For general health requirements, approximately 150 total minutes a week is recommended. This could be six 5-minute bouts, three 10-minute bouts, or two 15-minute bouts (or any other combination equaling 30 minutes, five days per week). Even if you don't have 60 minutes to devote to an exercise program, short burst of exercise throughout the day can have a significant impact on your health.
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Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThe benefits of exercise are cumulative. Intervals of short exercise bouts throughout the day are just as effective as one long workout and may be even better. So you don't have to sweat it out on a treadmill for a full 60 minutes all in a row. You can do 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there. The reason for this is two-fold. First, interval training that really gets your heart and lungs thumping trumps the slow-and-steady exercise routine.
The essence of interval training is going hard for a short period of time, then backing off for a few minutes before resuming a higher level of intensity again for another short interval. You can do this in virtually any type of exercise, from walking to utilizing equipment in a gym. Varying your speed, adding weights, or increasing the incline on, say, a walk outdoors on hills, are all ways in which you can create your own interval training routine. Those bursts of high-intensity intervals will equate with bursts of high-intensity energy! If you're not the type to zone out for an hour in a workout like Julia Roberts, then sprinkle pockets of workout times into your day -- at lunch, after dinner, or in the 15 minutes right after you get up and the house is still quiet.