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).
By Anna Davies
Always have your walking gear together in one place so you don't waste time tracking down your sneaks or a sweatshirt when you've got 10 minutes to spare. Include a resistance band in your bag of gear and stop to do lat pulls halfway through your walk: With your arms shoulder-width apart hold the band taut above your head and then slowly extend each arm out another 6 inches. Repeat 15 times.