Finding 60 minutes every day to exercise is really hard at any age. So researchers wanted to see if short bursts of exercise — just 3 minutes — continuously throughout the day would have a positive impact on health. And, they found out it does!
An NIH study showed that children had 32% lower levels of insulin and 7% lower blood glucose levels after doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour.
The findings suggest that short bursts of activity could help protect children against type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. That’s huge! Our favorite way to sneak in exercise is to get up and walk in place, do squats, or jumping jacks during commercial breaks.