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Creative 10-minute activities for the WalkJogRun spring challenge

Running stairs for a workout

As you may have heard, we're challenging you to workout for at least 10 minutes every day this spring. Why 10 minutes? That's the minimum amount experts say you have to do an activity for it to count as exercise.

But with busy schedules packed to the rim, it can be tough to even fit in 10 minutes. So we decided to get a little creative. Here are some of the (slightly wacky) ideas we came up with to get your blood pumping.

  1. Go shopping. Department and grocery stores keep getting bigger and bigger. Do your own version of Supermarket Sweep, and power walk the aisles. But we recommend going when it's not busy so you don't accidentally knock anyone over (safety first).
  2. Do stadium stairs. Find a nearby stadium — or any places with lots of stairs — and run/walk up and down for 10 minutes. Seems easy enough but we promise you'll feel the burn.
  3. Swap out your office chair. During the day, practice standing squats, postural exercises, and abdominal tightening. Become aware of your body and notice when you are slouching. Swap out your chair for a balance ball or place a disc on your seat to engage your core muscles while you work. Also – take a walk. Roam the office hallways or take a lap around the parking lot. Not only will it help you achieve your 10 minute goal but it might make you more productive.
  4. Buy a product from an infomercial. Yes. Sounds ridiculous but some of those “As Seen on TV” products actually work. Try 10 minutes Abs or Insanity.
  5. Access 10 minute workouts On Demand or on YouTube. The television or the computer can be you friend. There are plenty of workouts right at the tips of your fingers — and you barely have to leave your couch. Some great fitness YouTube channels include
    Bob Harper's workouts and Tara Stiles Yoga.

Don't forget to log any of above workouts (and all your other challenge workouts) in your WalkJogRun training diary and include #WJRchallenge!

Written by Danielle Bressoud. Danielle is a licensed physical therapist, practicing for 7 years, and running addict living in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

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