University of Illinois Extension

Exercise: Short Bouts Make a Difference

The bills need to be paid. The grandkids need help with their homework. The sink is full of dishes... sound familiar? Sometimes the "to do" list just leaves you totally stressed and worn out.

Take control of your health with regular physical activity. Daily exercise can help relieve stress and make you feel better - both physically and emotionally.

Health experts recommend that we get about 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Now you're thinking, "How can I possibly fit exercise into a schedule that's already bursting at the seams?" Don't get discouraged. The Center for Disease Control says that you don't have to get the 30 minutes of activity all at once. Three shorter periods of physical activity accumulated over the day can have the same effect on blood pressure, heart rate, and blood cholesterol levels as one longer stint of exercise.

So make the commitment to regular exercise today! Remember, the better you feel, the more energy you'll have for your grandchildren.