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“Move it! (But I don’t have time!!)”

If your day is too packed to “exercise” (we will discuss what that word really means later), don’t stress. Maybe there is a different way to think about this.

To start, did you know that you usually burn more calories just BREATHING all day than from light exercise? You may ask, “if that’s true, why bother?”

Here’s a few reasons:

  • Exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system (your heart, lungs and all that works with them). You will be healthier

  • While exercise doesn’t burn as many calories as we sometimes think, muscle mass burns calories faster than fat mass

  • If you primarily sit during the day, exercise will stretch and strengthen your muscles, help your balance, and open up your airways. You will FEEL better!

Those are just a few reasons, but back to that business about “exercise.” Really, it should be called “movement,” and all types count, even in 10 minute intervals. What can you do in 10 minutes? Gives it some thought. If you need ideas, see my next post on November 21st. Can you guess what I will suggest?


About the author:

Enid is a Certified Personal Trainer who has been working as a trainer and wellness coach for over five years. Previously she worked with payers, health care providers and patients as a qualitative health care researcher.

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