(CARLSBAD, CA) – Got time? We didn’t think so! You’re busy. That’s nothing new. And when life gets busy, what tends to get the boot?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, half of American women pass on exercise when their schedules get hectic (only 20 percent cut-down their load at work). The problem is that most women see exercise as an all-or-nothing phenomenon. If you can’t complete an hour-long workout at the gym, then why bother?
New research suggests a different approach. A recent Canadian study shows that short bouts of exercise can offer the same health and fitness benefits as working out in one continuous stretch. So, if it isn’t practical to block-out an hour in your day for your workout regimen, don’t throw in the sweat towel altogether. Aim to complete at least three 10-minute exercise sessions at various points in your day.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests these 10-minute activities to get you moving.
Jump Rope – That’s right! A jump rope costs less than $5 at the store and the workout will burn 114 calories in just 10 minutes of action. So, close your office door and relive those childhood memories of skipping rope.
Run Laps – Who says you have to go to a track to run laps? Just run – or even walk – around the perimeter of your office building for 10 minutes. If the weather is poor, try walking through the hallways, being sure that you don’t stop to chit-chat with your co-workers until your 10 minutes is complete.
Wall Push-Ups – If you have a moment between meetings, take some time to build your upper body strength. Stand about one foot away from the wall, place your palms on the wall as wide as your shoulders, and do some push-ups.
Exercise DVDs – Quite a few exercise DVDs now offer 10-minute segments. If you can’t find one that fits the bill, then try completing just part of the DVD at a time. Work on the arm exercises in the morning and the leg exercises at night.
Use Line Time – The next time that you’re standing in line at the grocery store – or anywhere, for that matter – use the time for a little fitness. Try some calf raises, lifting up onto the balls of your feet, then returning to flat feet. Contract your abdominals by gently drawing your navel towards your spine.
Dance – Turn on your favorite tunes and jam to the beat. Ease your workday stress and burn a few calories in the meantime!
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.