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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 10/7/2013 2:19PM

    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

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MCJULIEO 10/4/2013 9:29AM

    You have said it better than I could.

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JUSTYNA7 10/3/2013 5:55PM

    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.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/2/2013 9:34PM

    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.

HUGS

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LETHA_ 10/2/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon

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LOTUSBURGER 10/2/2013 2:22PM

    emoticon IT all starts with a step.
Good advice!! and GOOD JOB for you!!

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LJCANNON 10/2/2013 11:55AM

    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!!

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ANDREAG89 10/2/2013 11:15AM

    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!

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KRISSYDUNN 10/2/2013 10:37AM

    Excellent advice! emoticon

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HAPPYLISA17 10/2/2013 9:25AM

  Very encouraging; thank you!

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