How a Tiny Bit of Exercise Can Make a Big Impact
By Genevieve Cunningham
Exercise is important. Most people know that getting in plenty of movement is a necessary part of living a healthy life. Unfortunately, it seems as though we have less and less time for maintaining a good exercise routine. And because we're all so short on time, far too many simply give up. If we can’t get in a long workout, we just don't do it at all. But as it turns out, even a tiny bit of exercise may be beneficial to our lives. Before you throw in the towel and give up on getting exercise, take a look at why you should take what you can get when it comes to working out.
It Still Burns Calories
Working out for a limited time might not burn as many calories as you would like, but it still burns calories. This means that you’ll lose weight over time, as long as you can maintain a caloric deficit. Stick with 15 or 30 minutes per day, or however long you can manage, and you may still be able to trim fat and earn a toned physique.
It Still Builds Muscle
Exercise is still exercise, even if it's for a short duration. And anytime you get some exercise, you’re strengthening the muscles. While short workouts probably won't turn you into a bodybuilder, they can help boost your strength and stability. And compared with those who don't exercise at all, you’ll be far ahead in muscle development.
It Sets Up a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise is a good habit to keep. Anyone who leads a healthy life incorporates movement on a regular basis. Even if you can only get in a little bit of exercise now, there may be a time in the future when you can get more. And luckily, you’ll already have a routine established, which makes it easier to continue when you actually have time. Start now, keep going, and you're setting up your life in a healthy direction.
It doesn't necessarily matter that you can’t get in as long of a workout as you would like. Do it anyway. Even a small bit of exercise can bring big benefits into your life. If you want your health to last a lifetime, get moving and stay active -- even just a little bit -- for the rest of your life.
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