Find Time for Fitness at Any Age with the 10-10-10 Rule

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How to find time for fitness at any age:

Don't have time for 30 minutes of exercise at a time? Just break it into 10-minute intervals spread throughout the day.

Don’t have time for 30 minutes of exercise at a time? Just break it into 10-minute intervals spread throughout the day.

If fitting the recommended 150 minutes each week into your schedule sounds daunting, try the 10-10-10 rule. Ten minutes at a time is fine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day – as long as you’re doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.

For example: try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.

According to the CDC, physical fitness at any age helps:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood