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Forget ‘no pain, no gain’. Exercise snacking is here to make us feel good about getting fit.
And sorry to break it to you, but it doesn’t actually involve doing some stretches while eating pizza. We can dream though…
With exercise snacking, you do small chunks of exercise throughout the day instead of all at once in a single session like a crushing gym workout or a run.
Best of all, these snacks often don’t even look or feel like exercise - it’s simply any way of moving your body, like taking the stairs instead of the lift, going for a walk around your office or block or stretching at your desk.
Totally doable, right?
Even the Aussie health guidelines say that doing some exercise is better than doing none. And it turns out these small portions of exercise throughout the day add up to real health benefits.
You don’t need special equipment and you don’t even need to break out a sweat. Best of all, you’ll never be able to use the excuse “I don’t have time” again.
Aussie health guidelines say adults should get 50 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week, which feels like a lot right?
Often we think if we can't do a longer exercise session, then there's no point doing any exercise at all. That's no longer true.
With exercise snacking, you can start small and work your way up to the recommended level of exercise all the while knowing you’re still helping your health.
We also keep hearing that moving every hour - even to get out of our chair and stretch - is also good for our mental health and work focus, so it’s a win-win situation.
Find activities that are easy and fun. This way you’re more likely to do them and then feel good about yourself and want to do more.
Forget high-intensity workouts, a run on a treadmill or a gruelling cardio class… at least for now. Get snacking on these options instead: