Lives Made Better | Summer 2011

Don’t Be a
Weekend Warrior

Pressed for time Monday through Friday, you may be tempted to pack a week’s worth of exercise into your weekend. But that’s not the best way to get fit or reap the benefits of exercise. More importantly, such a strategy could result in injury.

Need another good reason to fit in fitness during the week? Just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day can reduce stress, increase confidence, improve sleep, and help prevent depression. Aim for at least two and a half hours of moderate activity, like fast walking, dancing, or gardening throughout the week. Don’t have that much time? Cut it in half by choosing vigorous activities that really get your heart pumping, like jogging, jumping rope, swimming laps, or biking hills.