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How Effective are Quick Workouts?

Breaking up your exercise throughout the day can lower blood pressure, proving that less is sometimes still good for the heart.

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In as little as 10 minutes, three times a day, you can start to see dramatic results from your exercise sessions. This workout, perfect for any busy schedule, is designed to strengthen the most important muscle in your body—your heart.

Staying active is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and fitness. For many people, though, squeezing the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity into a busy week can be challenging.

A new study, though, shows that breaking up your exercise into quick workouts still lowers blood pressure, which is good for the heart.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. One in three Americans have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with about the same number having early signs of the condition, known as prehypertension.

In the study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that three 10-minute sessions of brisk walking during the day were just as effective at lowering blood pressure as 30 minutes of brisk walking at one time.

The quick workouts, in fact, were better than the longer one, at reducing blood pressure during the night and the next morning. The 10-minute sessions also lowered blood pressure more often to normal levels (less than 120/80 mmHg).

Even if you exercise regularly at the gym, you can easily add three 10-minute brisk walks to your day. It may not seem like a real workout, but for your heart, it still counts.

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