How "10 minutes" works for me

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I'm a procrastinator, and any excuse will do. So, if something looks too big, then I have a hard time doing it. A whole messy house? Forget about it. A disaster zone in the kitchen? Yikes! 60 minutes of exercise every day? NO WAY!

But, if I break it down to bite-size pieces that I can chew, then I can do it. I'll pick one chore to do, not focus on the whole house. Eventually, the whole house will get clean. I can tackle the kitchen if I tell myself that I'll just start and see what I get done. I usually get it all done.

When it comes to exercise, I can mentally handle 20 minutes, so I found a full-body toning DVD that's only 20 minutes and an interval training routine that's only 20 minutes. Even when I feel crappy, I can often psych myself up to go for 10 minutes of walking, which turns into 20 minutes. "No time" doesn't really wash, when I can work out for 10 minutes at a time. I have lost my "all or nothing" attitude. I can always fit in a few strength exercises, any time of day, even when the kids are with me.

After a few weeks of consistently exercising for at least 10 minutes most days, I found that I actually wanted to exercise longer and to push myself harder. I started out with small steps, but as I keep seeing new results, I keep setting my sights higher and higher. Now, I want to become athletic again, like I was in my youth, and I can only do that by being active for at least an hour a day.

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  • SAPHYR74
    Thanks Sheila this morning I was having a real difficult time getting motivated and your blog just inspired me to get off my butt and get my stuff done Thanks emoticon
    2924 days ago
    I know a lady on another team that mentally couldn't psych herself up to do anymore than 10 minutes a day of planned exercise. She learned to do this without fail most days of the week. A year later she is doing 50-60 minutes of exercise every day. When she told me this, I knew this was the exact thing that I should be doing. It takes about 30 days to break a habit and the same to create one.

    I like your attitude towards getting things done Sheila. It's a smart way of thinking.

    2965 days ago
    great job, do what works for you and this sounds like it's working great!!
    2965 days ago
    Love this. I have an all or nothing attitude. Like you I believe now in making small changes for this day. I know a few weeks of doing 10 min. will make it a habit.
    2965 days ago
    Good for you! Losing the "all or nothing" approach is one of the best things you can do - after all, we can survive just about anything for 10 minutes, right?
    2966 days ago
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