If you’re like most people, you believe that exercise has to be a big commitment of time and energy in order to yield any results. But that’s not the case. A 1995 study found that obese women who do several short bouts of exercise during the day (about 10 minutes each session) are more likely to stick with it than those who exercise in one long session. In addition, short bouts of exercise also appeared to enhance weight loss—and produced the same level of cardiovascular fitness as one long session.
This is important information. It means that 10 minutes of walking, biking, or even marching in place several times a day really makes a difference. You don’t have to walk 30, 45, or 60 minutes at a time in order to derive value from exercise. Stop whatever you’re doing right now and simply move your body for 10 minutes. When you’re finished, notice how you feel.