Making the gym a priority in your everyday routine always seems like a good idea, but the reality is that our busy lives can get in the way. First, there's the mental challenge of getting yourself dressed, ready, and out the door to exercise. Then there's the actual workout itself - and the post-workout shower you'll have to schedule in. All of this combined can easily take a good hour out of your day.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way! Enter the mini workout (a.k.a. the exercise hack). According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, your heart rate needs to be elevated for a minimum of 10 minutes to receive maximum health benefits, and the recommended amount of time you should elevate your heart rate is 30 minutes a day. As long as you’re getting moderate to vigorous activity for 10-minute bouts, at least 3 times a day, it doesn’t matter how and when those bouts are accumulated. In other words, whether you take 10-minute breaks from your desk to walk around the block at a moderate pace or hit the treadmill, it all counts.