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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

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  • 10 min at a time makes it doable.
  • 10 minutes at a time has taken me to an hour or more per day. Great way to begin loving exercise.
  • Most of my exercises are done in 10 minute spurts since with my disability that is about all I can handle at one time, but I go back and do more a couple more times during the day
  • I try walking at least 10 minutes every hour or get as many steps in as possible. It keeps me going better than nothing
  • When motivation is low doing 10 minutes 3x or more a day is my saving grace.
  • PHHHISC
    I agree...a little at a time.
  • Multiple 10 minutes is about all my arthritic can deal with. After 10 minutes, my hips and knees are very painful and I have to stop anyway.
  • Good morning everyone - up for hours but a little late signing on. The idea of a 10 minute workout goes all the way back to when people got 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon. If you do something small - i.e., I walked my dog this morning - 10 minutes over before I knew it. If you take a coffee break and leave the office you can walk to your coffee shop. Don't leave the building? Do 10 minutes of isometrics when you get home. And take a short walk before dinner. If you don't work, chart a 1/3-1/2 mile walk - perhaps around the block. But my favorite since retiring - walking the circumference of the grocery store - but only eye buying not stopping. You pass the healhiest foods (produce, meats, dairy) that way. Then walk up and down every aisle. But no samples :-) I can easily spend 1/2 hour - just doing the eye buying and then I can do my actual shopping quickly. It works. It really does and since I've been wobbly I've also noticed that pushing the cart gives me a little more speed in the first half and then I'm ready to pick things up. I started to do this on rainy or snowy days in Virginia. Then I did it when it was too hot - I was always a multi-tasker and I find doing this I don't even think about it being "exercise" - Cheers
  • I believe in these 10 minute routines.
  • The title says 10 minutes a day, but the article talks about three 10-minute sessions a day. I'm confused.
  • KIWIKRS
    I wish this article were true. I have been recently diagnosed with diabetes and started battling my blood sugar levels with a low carb diet and exercising. I unfortunately did not achieve results until I started serious exercise. You know, that kind that makes you sweat and cry and where you hurt from sore muscles everyday. I currently workout for hour long periods most days of the week because I have no choice. If I don't do that, my sugar levels spike up and stay up. Real and tough exercise is what is really going to make the difference in your blood sugar levels, not 20 little minutes a day broken up into segments. I'm not saying people shouldn't do that, as any exercise is better than none, but if you want real results you're going to have to work hard. Sorry for the brutal truth.
  • MARILYNRV
    I have a knee injury so I am just doing a short 10 minute gently walk instead of regular exercise.
  • I have to say that the 10 minute fitness is liberating. I have been doing care taking and now am desk bound trying to catch up on 6 months of work, but I started doing alternating knee lifts marching while sitting at my chair, followed by kicks. I do it while I am typing on Sparkpeople and find my muscles get a real work out. I can do the arms later, but the legs I do while I am using the site.

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