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iVillage: The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Better Body

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Exercise always winds up on the bottom of your to-do list because you can think of a lot of other things you’d rather do.

“When I’m having that mental debate about exercise, I like to tell myself that I can do anything for 10 minutes,” says Heather Nettle, MA, coordinator of exercise physiology at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. (This mental pep talk is especially helpful when you’re fighting the urge to roll over and go back to bed.)

The fix: Three times per day, whether you’re in an office or at home, look for opportunities to exercise for 10 minutes, says Nettle. “When it comes to heart health and calorie burning, 10 minutes of exercise three times per day has almost identical value as 30 minutes of continuous exercise,” she says. Two of our favorites: Arrive 10 minutes early to pick up your child from sports practice so you can do a few loops around the field. Commit the first 10 minutes of your lunch break each day to a quick jaunt around the grounds or neighborhood. (On rainy days, look for indoor stairs that you can go up and down.)

So when your body is saying no, tell yourself that you’re going to give that workout video, morning run or after-dinner walk 10 minutes. “Chances are that you’ll feel so good after 10 minutes that you’ll find the energy for 10 or even 20 more minutes,” Nettle says.

(CREDIT: Mooboard Collection, Cultura, Getty Images)
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