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Why To Exercise Today: 10 Minutes of 'Anything,' Says The CDC

Of course more is better, up to a point. And of course harder is better, up to a point. But it's amazing how little you can do and still get the rosy glow of some research-backed virtue. The ultimate of federal health authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says it plainly here, and I quote: "Basically anything counts, as long as it’s at a moderate- or vigorous-intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time."

Ah, the possibilities! I know a woman who walks briskly around the rooms of her (rather large) house for daily workouts. Many of us would get dizzy if we tried that at home, but I have to say, she looks great.

This program aired on November 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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