Applying an Exercise Snack-Based Health Promotion Strategy

Chen Hui Huang, Miaofen Yen

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Lack of time, lack of access to equipment, and environmental constraints are generally perceived as barriers to regular physical activity. Moreover, insufficient activity is known to promote sedentary behavior, which is a factor in many chronic diseases, negatively affects mental health, and reduces quality of life. Exercise snacks, defined as short and efficient bursts of exercise, are convenient and easy to implement, reduce sedentary time, increase physical activity, and promote the development of good exercise habits. Previous studies have found exercise snacks to be safe and feasible for the elderly, promoting physical function and reducing the incidence of falls and metabolic diseases. Exercise snacks have also been found to be effective in healthy adults as well as in patients with obesity and diabetes, helping decrease blood sugar and promoting cardiorespiratory fitness. Depending on the participant’s age and tolerance, exercise snack patterns may be extended and distinguished into two forms: 10-minute bouts of gentle intermittent exercise twice a day and 60-second bouts of vigorous exercise 3 to 8 times a day. The main considerations for exercise snacks include: multi-joint exercise is better than single-joint exercise, lower body exercise is better than upper body exercise, and dynamic and rapid movement that pushes away from the ground promotes osteogenesis and helps prevent osteoporosis and fractures. Exercise snacks may be applied in healthcare practice and related research to promote health and improve quality of life for all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr

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  • Nursing(all)


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