It’s Day 2 of the 12 Days of Wellness Challenge and today’s healthy habit is an easy one:
Get up and get active for just 10 minutes today. Go for a lunchtime walk; do a few bodyweight exercises at home; or put on your favorite tunes and get a rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Chapter 5 of my book, Reboot Your Body, is all about exercise. In it, I say that even very short periods of activity can effectively build the healthy habits that lead to weight loss and wellness. By moving your body for 10 minutes every day, you’ll not only create a strong, positive behavioral habit, but you can improve your health in that short amount of time as well.
In a 2007 study conducted at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, scientists found that participants who exercised for just 10 minutes a day (72 minutes per week, on average) achieved a significant favorable decline in cardiovascular disease risk factors at the end of the 6-month trial. Of course, more exercise yielded even more favorable results, but the study illuminated one clear fact: If you are currently sedentary, many of the health benefits of physical activity can be gained with only 10 minutes of exercise a day.
If you need a few exercise ideas, check out this video blogpost I made, featuring over 100 exercises you can do with a few simple pieces of home exercise gear.