The term ‘fitness snacking’ has nothing to do with food. According to an article in The Guardian, fitness snacking describes short periods of exercise done throughout your day as opposed to one longer workout.
The reality is, hitting the gym is not an option for many people due to work schedules, income levels, the busyness of daily life, etc. In light of these and other barriers, fitness snacking is a perfect approach to help people get the physical activity they need.
To ensure you’re ‘snacking’ enough, start by creating your own point system. Different activities will be rewarded with different points based on level of exertion. Aim to obtain at least five points a day.
Here are some examples:
- A 15-minute leisurely walk on your lunch break – 1 point
- Taking a 5-10-minute break from your day to perform body weight exercises (like squats or
lunges) – 2 points
- A 30-minute brisk walk – 3 points
- Practicing yoga for an hour/going for half an hour bike ride – 4 points
- Sneaking in a 30-minute HIIT workout (whether at home or at the gym) – 5 points
According to Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines, adults are supposed to get 150 minutes of physical activity a week. The beauty of this is it doesn’t matter how you get them – whether that be a regular workout or short bursts of activity! It’s no surprise that fitness snacking is an especially good fit for people who have sedentary jobs and work long hours.
The key to making fitness snacking work? Aim to get your heart rate elevated by incorporating higher intensity exercises like jumping jacks, squats and walking lunges.
Fitness snacking is a great complement to an already active lifestyle or for those who are slowly trying to build their fitness level. Get snacking!