Microexercise: 10 Minutes or Less

When it comes to feeling better start small, very small…

While you can’t change the overall state of your health in a night, there are steps you can take starting now to feel better on a regular basis. Microexercise is one of them and it is tailor made for a 21st century lifestyle in which we are moving less and less. A “micro-workout” may be as short as 60 seconds or as long as 10 minutes; the important part is that you get moving and get your heart rate up. 

Short bursts of exercise can have the same effect as continuous exercise…

…as long as you do them throughout the day. Studies have showed that effects on cholesterol, blood pressure and calorie loss are more or less equal between people who get regular short doses of exercise and those who dedicate themselves to at least 30 minutes of continual exercise. 

What are some good examples of microexercises?

  • Most office buildings have a staircase: care to run up and down a few times? If not…

  • Most cubicles have space for a set of dumbbells and a jump rope

  • Dance it out

  • Yoga in 1, 5 or 10 minute varieties. 

  • If all else fails, plank for as long as you can possibly hold it! 

Not only does the movement help to build and strengthen muscles, but it relieves your muscles from the monotony of constant contraction- this prevents that feeling of stiffness at the end of the day. Evidence clearly shows that short bursts of exercise will add up to great health benefits if you do them regularly. We want to help you get motivated and get moving! Call our office in Fremont to schedule an appointment today. 

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 


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