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10-Minute exercises to get your blood pumping

Improve your health with just 10 minutes of exercise a day

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Many of us don’t realise, or maybe we just forget, that our bodies were not designed for the lifestyles we live in today’s society. Driving in the car instead of walking, sitting at a desk all day instead of being mobile and active and taking the elevator instead of the stairs are all things we do each day of our lives that can have a negative effect on the health and wellbeing of our bodies. So what can we do about it? Well, here are a few ideas to getting 10 minutes of exercise into your day.

Take the stairs

There is extensive research available supporting the idea that taking the stairs instead of the elevator offers many health benefits. A study published in the European Heart Journal in 2008 saw 69 hospital workers take the stairs instead of the elevator for a period of 90 days. At the end of this three-month period, subjects experienced a wide range of health improvements, which included reduced blood pressure, increased lung capacity, reduced body fat and reduced cholesterol. Taking a few flights of stairs throughout the day is a great way to get 10 minutes worth of exercise into even the busiest of days.

Take a walk

If it isn’t practical to walk to and from work each day, why not bring a pair of comfy running shoes with you to work? This means you can slip off your high heels and go for a 10-minute walk during your lunch break. Not only is it beneficial for your physical health, it also helps your body de-stress, and the fresh air certainly doesn’t do any harm.

Swim before work

Doing a range of swimming strokes for 10 minutes each day works almost every muscle in your body and offers a great cardiovascular workout. Swimming is ideal for those with previous foot, leg or back injuries as it puts no pressure on your joints. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends swimming as the best form of exercise for those suffering from arthritis or other joint discomfort. A 10-minute swim in the morning before work need not take up much time. For only a small amount of effort, you can reap huge health rewards.

There are so many different ways we can slip 10 minutes of exercise into our daily lives. Even doing 10 minutes of sit ups and push ups each morning or evening offers significant health benefits. Not only will you tone up your muscles, but you will also stretch important tendons and ligaments, not to mention reduce your waistline.

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