11 Mar, 2022


Excite Health and Fitness

I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to discuss one of my favourite topics.


But not the kind of snacking you’re expecting.

Exercise snacking.

There’s a growing body of research that intermittent, short bouts of exercise throughout the day can result in surprising improvements in your overall fitness and cardiovascular health.

In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, performing a 2 minute walk, or a quick set of exercises such as squats, can offset the effects of a half hour of sitting.

That’s huge!

The first big study on the benefits of “exercise snacking” was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2017. The research showed that otherwise sedentary women who climbed stairs for just 20 seconds at a time, with rest, boosted their fitness levels by 12% in six weeks.

What can we learn from this?

Of course, it’s ideal to follow a complete, well-designed training program with your coach a few times a week.

But what if life gets in the way and you can’t do “ideal” today?

You can still get some amazing benefits from doing a few short bouts of squats, lunges, push-ups, or crunches whenever you have a couple of minutes throughout the day.

It might be a little embarrassing the first time you implement some Walking Lunges on the way to the kitchen at the office, but when your co-workers see what great shape you’re getting in, chances are they’ll want to join you.

So don’t take the all-or-nothing approach. Start snacking on exercise and enjoy all the benefits.

Yours in health and fitness,


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