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NSV - Built 10 minutes at a time

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!"
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  • PAMMY222
    You remind me that I still have my Jane Fonda Step-aerobics VHS tapes and the step! What a great way to break it up, and an indoor routine as the weather starts to turn nasty. emoticon
    1596 days ago
    You have said it better than I could.
    1599 days ago
    I'm glad I came upon your blog. Lots in common (except I have been known to camp... my favourite canoe trip though was between B&B and resort lodges so a comfy bed and hot shower every night... yah.... it's getting tougher roughing it.). I'm going to add you as a friend as I enjoy reading blogs of people who are doing a slow but steady progress like me. Oh... and I love board games.
    1600 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/3/2013 5:56:20 PM
    I wish I'd been sparking when I was 48, but am grateful tat I started when I was 56. And looking back, I am astounded at how much improved my health is and my ability to move comfortably! It's all good! Definitely the key is consistency and commitment. Plan the work and work the plan.

    1601 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/2/2013 9:35:11 PM
  • LETHA_
    1601 days ago
    emoticon IT all starts with a step.
    Good advice!! and GOOD JOB for you!!
    1601 days ago
    emoticon Small Bits of Activity (aka "Exercise") add up to BIG Changes!
    It may be hard to believe until it happens to YOU, but it is True-er Than True!!
    1601 days ago
    Thank you for reminding us that moving, even if it's just for small spurts, means that we have victory!

    I read a post the other day that told us to remember that progress made, no matter how slow, is still progress! I try to remember that now that I am back in the mode.

    Thank you!
    1601 days ago
    Excellent advice! emoticon
    1601 days ago
    Very encouraging; thank you!
    1601 days ago
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