If you’ve only got a few minutes — or if you simply don’t feel like moving your body for long — this hack is for you.
After a long day at work, the last thing you may want to do is a hard workout. Even thinking about it can be exhausting, especially when you’re trying to balance that with dinner, spending time with family and friends and other things on your to-do list. How can you possibly do it all?
That’s where “exercise snacking” comes in. Instead of doing one big workout a day, it encourages you to get in some movement throughout the day in shorter bursts.
The goal is to move your body in a way that feels good or productive to you. Exercise snacking can be as informal or formal as you’d like. On the informal side, it might look like walking your dog, stretching your legs, doing jumping jacks while watching TV, taking the stairs or using a resistance band while you’re at work.
“You are able to do these without it really impacting the time in your day,” said Joslyn Thompson-Rule, a Peloton instructor.
Even a small amount of exercise can improve your health.
Exercise snacking is not only easier to fit into a busy schedule, but it’s beneficial for your health, too.