Craving a big slice of chocolate cake? Or tempted to plop in front of the TV with a bag of chips? The next time you want to indulge in a not-so-healthy vice, take a walk instead. It may be that a short bout of exercise can cause a positive change in mood that may help fight off an unhealthy urge, says Guy Faulkner, PhD, an assistant professor of exercise psychology at the University of Toronto. So the next time you hear a pint of ice cream calling your name, try one of these 10-minute walking tricks from Joan Pagano, author of 15-Minute Total Body Workout (DK Publishing).
Bring your cell phone on your walk and use the 10 minutes to get something done from your to-do list. Schedule a doctor's appointment, call a friend, or navigate through a customer service maze. You'll gain a sense of accomplishment, feel more relaxed, and be less likely to open the fridge.