Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I was reading Spark blog posts this morning and came upon a young lady who was finding herself finding reasons to not exercise. I remember when I began in earnest on SparkPeople that upping my fitness level seemed insurmountable at the time, so I took the advice of SPARKGUY, and set about using the 10-minute rule. Here's my post in response to her blog:
"Promise yourself to do 10 minutes, and if that's all you can/want to do, stop and call it a victory! You're better off doing 10 minutes consistently and building your exercise habit rather than going longer and dreading it.
Also, modify, modify, modify! Just keep moving! You can do this!
When I started back to exercise in Jan. '11, I could barely make it through 10 minutes of any workout, so I would play one of my VHS tapes (yep, super old-school) and march/step for that amount of time. Sometimes, I'd go longer, sometimes not. Victory, either way.
Now, 2.5 years later, I'm proud to say that, at 48 years old, I'm back to doing the classic FIRM workouts (and many other FIRMs - I love the FIRM). I do modify some moves (like plyometric jumps and some ST moves), but I now can make it through 60+ minutes of movement like I could do when the FIRM first came out with their VHS workouts back in the mid-80s.
You can do this too! Patience, persistence and self-kindness.
You are worth the effort this takes!"