Everyone loves a snack. But what if we told you about a different kind of snack that could improve your overall health and fitness?
A new study suggests that incorporating daily “exercise snacks” – quick bursts of exercise lasting about a minute or two – can positively impact your overall well-being.
Integrating these “exercise snacks” into your daily routine can be challenging, especially within a schedule already filled with work, family, and social commitments. However, quick 20-second bursts of exercise can be a simple starting point or an easy supplement to your existing routine. That can help you to increase the positive effects of what you’re doing at the gym as well as help you to meet your New Year’s resolution more effectively.
Exercise snacking can involve activities like climbing stairs, jumping jacks, air squats, lunges, push-ups, jogging in place, brisk walking down the hallway, holding a wall sit, or maintaining a plank.
Regardless of your current fitness levels, Lawton asserts that incorporating brief, high-intensity bursts of physical activity into daily routines is advantageous for everyone. These exercise snacks can be done anytime, anywhere, requiring no gym membership or specialized equipment, making them particularly accessible for those working from home or maintaining a hybrid schedule.
Exercise snacking is not intended to replace regular workout routines entirely, it serves as a practical and reasonable first step towards improving health. Scheduling a dedicated time for physical activity, whether it’s a brief snack or a full workout, emphasizes the value of consistency as the key to noticeable impacts over time.
Wieser suggests implementing exercise snacks through “habit stacking,” encouraging intentional physical movement during established daily habits, such as a midmorning coffee break.
As with any physical activity, it’s important to up before engaging in vigorous exercises. While more research is needed to fully understand the overall health benefits of these “exercise snacks,” incorporating these brief sessions into your day serves as an easy and effective reminder to stay active throughout the day.