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What's an Exercise Snack?

UBCO recently had a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. The study was on ‘exercise snacks’.


The study compared two options of exercise: Interval training repeating 3 bouts of about 60 stairs (three flights) in a row and exercise snacks, consisting of three 10 minute isolated bouts of about 60 stairs performed sporadically throughout the workday.


Results showed that 71 per cent of participants preferred completing exercise snacks. There was also a lower perceived rating of exertion during the exercise snacks.


Other research also shows that exercising for 10 minutes 3 times a day is just as effective as a solid 30 minutes.


According to the research from UBC Okanagan, getting up from your desk and taking a walk around the block or using the stairs instead of the elevator can go a long way in helping the health of sedentary people.


What kind of exercise snacks can you do at home or work? Do the stairs or take a walk? Set the timer for 10 minutes and just move! Dance around, squats, push ups, whatever strikes you, just don’t stop! Chair yoga, marching on the spot. Just take 10 minutes 3 times a day mix it up.

You’ve got this!

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