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MySisterSaid Better Health Starts with 3x 10-Minutes a Day

 

Who wouldn't love a 10-minute walk on a day like this!

Who wouldn’t love a 10-minute walk on a day like this!

Does the thought of taking a 30-minute chunk of exercise time out of your busy day to improve your health put you off doing anything at all? What if you broke it down into three 10-minute sessions? Could that also have a positive impact on your health? More and more studies indicate that multiple short sessions of exercise provide the same health benefits as a comparable workout completed in one go. And some studies indicate that shorter sessions are better!

Better health backed by science

A number of universities from around the world presented research results in May at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. A few highlights:

  • Researchers in China compared arterial benefits in men riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes to men doing two 15-minute sessions. They discovered that the benefits provided by the shorter sessions lasted longer.
  • In a 2012 study on exercise and blood pressure control, researchers found that among adults with borderline hypertension a 30-minute afternoon walk or three 10-minute walks spaced throughout the day improved overall blood pressure just as effectively. However, the 3x 10-minute routine also reduced later spikes in pressure.
  • Scientists also reported almost identical endurance improvements in college students, whether they jogged for 30 minutes on the treadmill or broke it down into 3 sessions.

Don’t let the ’30-minutes of exercise advice’ scare you off!

If you think 30 minutes of exercise is too much – or if it takes up too much time – break it down. Head out for a brisk 10-minute walk or bike ride. Or jump on that treadmill, elliptical trainer or stationary bike haunting you from the corner. You may need to bundle up against the cold. Or depending on your choice of exercise, you may not even need to put on your sweats!  Opt for three short sessions, morning, noon and night.

Do you go for long or short workouts? What’s your favorite 10-minute workout?

MySisterSaid Chickpea Falafel Burgers Are Healthy and Exotic

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Served with a salad Chickpea Falafel Burgers make a tasty meat-free meal

Full of exotic aroma’s and flavor, these fiber-filled Chickpea Falafel Burgers are a favorite vegetarian alternative at our house. They’re packed with all the wonderful health benefits of chickpeas and rich, aromatic spices. They go together quickly and easily – and while you’re at it, you can make extras to freeze. Adapted from something we saw years ago on the BBC.
4 servings and take around 30 minutes.  You’ll need:

For the sandwich

  • 15-ounce can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley (flat leaf, handful)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon harissa paste or chili sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour, or regular all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 whole wheat pita breads

For the sauce

  • ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt or nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

To prepare sauce:

Combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and salt in medium bowl.

To prepare burgers:

Pat chickpeas dry with paper towel. Tip into a food processor along with the onion, garlic, parsley, spices, flour and a little salt. Blend until fairly smooth, and then shape into four patties with your hands. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the burgers, then quickly fry for 3 minutes on each side until lightly golden. In the meantime, toast your pitas. Serve the Chickpea Falafel Burgers with toasted pitas, garnish and perhaps a green salad.

 

According to our calculations, each serving has about 400 calories and almost 8 grams of fiber.