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Try these 10-minute fitness breaks

Two smiling women in a kitchen. One wears headphones and holds a phone. The other dances.

June 10, 2022—Most adults should try for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That might sound like a lot, but hitting your fitness goals doesn't have to be a hassle. You can make it easier by spreading it out into short, 10-minute fitness bursts.

Here are some simple ways to get started:

Dance to your own tune. Put on your favorite music and dance right where you are. It can boost your mood and your fitness.

Find hidden strength. Stash fitness equipment like resistance bands and small weights in your kitchen, your home office, your laundry room or where you watch TV. Bust them out whenever you're waiting.

Take a power walk. Get your day started or wind it down with a short, brisk walk around the block, if it's safe. See if you can improve your pace over time.

Do a 10-minute circuit. You don't need any special equipment for an effective circuit workout. The American Heart Association suggests you mix and match cardio moves, such as jumping jacks, and strength builders, such as squats, to keep your heart pumping and your muscles challenged.

Take a seventh-inning stretch. Refresh your body and your mind with an afternoon stretch break. Gently stretch your arms, legs and back. And remember that stretching shouldn't hurt.

Clean it like you mean it. Multitask by turning household chores into aerobic activities. Jog from room to room as you put things away. Move faster when you're vacuuming, sweeping or washing the floor.

Step it up. If you have stairs, every climb can be a mini workout. For a fitness boost, don't go up and down just once. Add a few extra minutes for the ultimate step workout.

Work it at work. Make your next meeting a "walk and talk." Or do some squats and lunges on your break.

Get fit as a family. Don't go it alone. Get everyone involved. Bike around the block together, play tag or kick around a soccer ball. It all counts!

With a little creativity and short time commitments during your day, you'll meet your weekly fitness goal fast.

For more fun ideas, visit our Fitness and Exercise health topic center.

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