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One of the most important parts of an exercise program is to start it. Physical activity like walking or running may help you lead a healthier and happier life. You don’t need big blocks of time to exercise. Squeeze in activity throughout the day. 


Start with 10 minutes at a time

You can break your activity up into 10-minute blocks of time to start. Aim to do exercises that target the major muscle groups at least two days a week. Also, be sure to check with your doctor before starting a program or increasing your activity level.

More tips for fitting fitness into your life:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
  • Start gardening. 
  • Work out with a friend. 
  • Take your dog for a daily walk. 
  • Put exercise on your calendar. 
  • Move while you watch TV, like marching in place. 
  • Sign up for a class, like yoga. 
  • Keep it fun. 


  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.