Friday, October 1, 2010

Myth: I need to do my work-out for at least 30 minutes every day. I cannot split it up into smaller time slots.

Answer: Busted

It is recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity on most days of the week for health benefits. Research has shown that the activity does not need to be done all at one time. You can split your workout into smaller time slots and still have the same health benefits. For example, you can do 2 15-minute workout sessions or even 3 10-minute sessions. While on lunch break, walk with a coworker around the building for 10 to 15 minutes. This is a great way to hold a short meeting or have some social time!

Regular physical activity has many benefits such as building self-confidence, increasing fitness levels, improving strength and flexibility, managing weight, controlling blood pressure, and building strong bones and muscles. Exercise is also a great stress reliever. Increasing the time or intensity of the workout has additional health benefits.

Visit the MyPyramid website for more information on types of physical activity and how it will benefit you. Visit the MissouriFamilies website for more information on health and fitness.

Guest Contributor: Eva Hightaian, Nutrition Intern at the University of Missouri
Co-Author: Donna Mehrle, MPH, RD, LD,, University of Missouri Extension

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