Researchers have found that even walking to the bus stop or cleaning your home can help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol.
Activities like mowing the lawn and even fishing can also lower your risk of heart disease.
A Boston University study found that so long as the 10 minute bursts make up your daily quota of exercise, you will see the difference on your body.
It concluded that â€˜some exercise is better than nothingâ€™ and that by adding up the small things you can have big impact.
For the experiment the researchers attached a motion detector to to 2,109 men and woman with an average age of 47. More than half were overweight.
The sensor – called an accelerometer – allowed them to monitor all their activity, rather than asking them to fill out a questionnaire in which they might not have listed everything they did.