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Ask A Health Advocate: How can I replace a few minutes of downtime with a short exercise bout?

Great question! Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a good time to evaluate your fitness routine.

To answer your question, I’m going to get a little help from a few Health Advocate members, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers. Last week, we asked these fine folks to share how they would replace ten minutes of spare time with short bouts of exercise. Here are some of my favorite responses—I hope they help and inspire you!

I do warm-up exercises, squats and lunges while I wait for my water to boil for my morning coffee!  It’s amazing how much better I feel after some gentle stretching and warm-ups.  It’s a great way to greet the day!  – Bonnie

Most definitely during lunch – I have a great place to walk.  I will be working on 30 minutes of exercise at lunch instead of sitting and reading a book! – Sara

When I’m cooking dinner in the evenings, there is usually time when I am waiting for water to boil or the oven or grill to heat.  I could set the timer and do some body weight exercises for 10 minutes. – Stephanie

Quit hitting snooze 2 times and I will have twenty minutes! – Brian

Right after dinner, when everyone wants to sit down and relax, we can go for a brisk walk around the block. – Ed

After I drop my son off at preschool, I can sneak in at least 10 minutes of exercise. – Naila

I have started getting up during commercials on my favorite show and doing jumping jacks during one part, and push-ups, sit-ups and leg lifts during the others.  By the time my one-hour show is over, I’ve gotten cardio and some upper body and core work in. – Cindy

Drop the smoke break and turn it into a fitness break.  Daniel

Instead of going to the break room at break time, I go to the stairwell and walk up and down the stairs. It’s a really quick way to get my heart rate going and I feel good about it…especially knowing it helps keep me away from the cookies in the break room! – Sherry

No matter how busy you are, there is always a way to sneak in a short exercise session or two.  How will you fit in an extra ten minutes of exercise today? Comment on this blog post and let us know!

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more ideas on how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitterpages for more great fitness tips.

Have a question for a Health Advocate? Email, and your question may be the topic of an upcoming “Ask a Health Advocate” column!