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1/11/12 3:53 P

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Absolutely 20 minute workouts can make a difference! emoticon

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12/21/11 11:34 P

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I think 20-30 minute workouts are powerful! Heck I think 10 minute workouts can be powerful too!

Walking, pilates, yoga, strength training with body weight or bands/tubing, swimming, playing with the kids, sports, hula hooping just to name a few that are powerful in small doses. People have a misconception that exercise only works if it hurts, exhausts you, take 60+ minutes most days per week (Gosh ppl exercise weeks on end without rest- not good!). They think that exercise has to be hard, heavy, high impact, and brutal. The truth is that simply it's all false! Results are 80% nutrition anyhow. But besides that, exercise is about feeling good, making you healthier, happier. Focus on how you feel. Focus on being consistent- not intensity or duration. Focus on moving the body, stretching the body, invigorating the mind and body! The rest in due time will follow.

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11/11/11 5:18 P

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im new and what i have been doing is finding youtube videos of Zamba classes that they post after class they do first i do is the Strength Training ( i have to use home products bc we cant afford a gym membership plus no babysitter for my 2 kids) and i usually clean up around 9 then around 10-12 depends sometimes i put the kids to nap time before i workout or they workout with me (try i might add they are only 4 (almost ) and 2 (almost) and when you are doing the Zumba on youtube its fun watching the children dance to the music plus they wear themselves out while dancing you could prob even make up your own dance to your favorite dancing type song one that is fast pace :)



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9/28/11 8:56 A

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20 Min is better than 0!! I think that you can maximize that time and do short sprints/walk, squats, jumping jacks, jumping rope,and plank. But, if you are just starting out that is awesome.

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8/29/11 7:08 A

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I believe that 20 mins. a day of intense activity will make a difference.

This is a learning journey... I am learning to eat healthy, to love exercise, but more important, I am learning to love myself.

"I may not be a lion, but I'm a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart." Queen Elizabeth I


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8/14/11 8:13 A

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I'm getting ready to add weight training back to my regimen. So far I have only been walking on my lunch time with a coworker. I did weight training many years ago and I am ready to get back to it. I know that combining weight resistance exercises with proper diet this is a winning combination. I am ready to be healthy and fit inside and out once again. emoticon

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Little boys love to play race and chase- do you give them physical education time during the homeschool? Chase them around the yard, or take them to the park and run/play/climb with them. It won't feel like working out, but you will be (in addition to your designated 20 min). Have the kids count while you do sit ups or other exercises and ask them questions- how many would I do if I did 2 more? Pull them in a wagon or push them in a stroller- that is resistance! You can measure distance with them and check how much farther you were able to run/walk pushing them. Push them on swings and do a jump squat in between each push... I usually work out before my kids get up, but a couple times a week I walk with friends and my husband watches them. That time is precious to me to work out with friends and be a grown up instead of a mom for a bit a week (I am a SAHM during the summer).

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When it comes to your workouts don't barter or negotiate with yourself. Just get up and do it. Stop treating it likes it's optional, it isn't. ;) -Chalene Johnson on FB
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8/4/11 10:49 A

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yes it can.

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4/13/10 8:53 P

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In high school CC our pre-season training was only 20 minutes long, however was all power moves and sprints. It was hell. I wondered why we were doing it that way and not just running for miles and miles to get ready for our 5k races.

Our coach did eventually have us run those long runs, and I then saw why he had us doing the short stuff. We were all in such better shape than the other teams, and we went to regionals! I got my mile splits down under 7 for 5k.

It's my ambition to work out as effectively and efficiently as we did then. I wish I only had to spend 20 minutes and get such amazing superstar results!

Plan it smart. Get a heart rate monitor and make sure every second counts. It will help you to get to a great place in conditioning and will make you look even better.

The eating does the heavy lifting, and the exercise is a vital partner. Go for it!

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9/27/09 12:34 P

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YES YES YES YES YES 20 minutes is worth it, especially if you make everything of those 20 minutes. BethanyBoo is right on track with the high intensity interval training. Do a 3-5 minute warm-up and cool down, and otherwise sprint for 30 seconds, then rest until you feel recovered, sprint again, recover, and that's that. Sprint and recover for 10 minutes. With the 3-5 minute warm-up and cool-down, you won't go over 20 minutes. If you really want to kick you butt, try Tabata sprints. The whole workout takes 14 minutes, but it was actually developed after a lot of research into the best training to increase both endurance and speed, and this is the result. Warm up for five minutes. Then sprint full-force for 20 seconds, rest for 10, and then repeat 7 more times. If you can actually do this for a full, oh, four minutes, you're a rockstar! Seriously. I ride my bike to and from school, I jump rope, I can run for 45 minutes to an hour, but I can only make it through 6 reps (or 3 minutes) of these sprints. Or when you weight train, do supersets where you alternate something like squats and pushups isntead of resting between sets and do moves that work large muscle groups (again, like squats and pushups). I seriously aim to work out for no more than 20 minutes and just push myself to the max. It really works.

P.S. Before this turns into a novel, I also agree with whoever said that diet is the biggest factor. Diet will get the ball rolling. The exercise is more like the icing on the cake (berries on the yogurt?)

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9/25/09 4:24 P

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Absolutely! It's all about "working smarter, not harder" after all. :D

As long as you are getting a quality workout -- both cardio and strength training -- you will be fine!

Diet is definitely a big thing, though -- It counts for about 80% towards your success. :)

I usually do my workouts at night, as well.

Another good thing to do is while you're standing around -- doing dishes, watching the kids play, making dinner, taking a shower (yeah, I do this in the shower!) etc -- you can also do things like squats, lunges, lateral raises, arm rows (and other strength training exercises) with just your own body weight.

Every little bit counts! :3

G'luck! ♥

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9/23/09 9:55 A

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Absolutely! My strength training workouts are anywhere from 20-40 minutes and my cardio sessions are only 20 minutes long. Incorporate High Intensity Interval Training into your cardio, and try circuit training and compound exercises for strength training.

Strong is the new skinny!!


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Hello, I hope you are feeling better today. Yes, a daily twenty minute workout can make a difference, but what are you expecting out of that workout?

You stated that you only cleaned up your eating this week - That will make a bigger impact on how your body looks rather than a 20 minute workout. Combine both clean eating with that daily 20 minute workout. And remember, it will take time to see the changes in you body. Stay with it!



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My sister has 2 girls, 8 & 5 mos. Before #2 she took #1 to the high school track (fenced in and safe). She didn't homeschool, but did "counting" and "color" games as she ran sprints on the track. She would take different colored cups (childs stacking toys) and set them on the track. #1 would shout out the color that mom was to run to and she had to keep track of how many she ran. #1 would sometimes be the runner & mom the counter. And what about the "head, shoulders, knees & toes" game/exercise. How about doing squats while picking up toys?

I think you are probably already getting results and building strength that you just can't see yet - it's not easy lugging around a 2 yr old.

Any chance the hubby or next door neighbor could take the kids for 30 minutes a couple times a week?

Keep the faith, do what you can - when you can!
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8/22/09 5:37 P

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I eat 1/4 of a serving of a Nature Valley granola bar (45 cal) and get a glass that holds 3 cups of water. It does the trick for me. The granola bar probably all that isn't clean, but it isn't horrible either and I need something highly digestible since I workout immediately after getting up. I don't have time to let it digest. I used to drink 1/2 a cup of juice and that worked too but kind of sloshed around in my stomach. Maybe an orange would do the trick?

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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8/22/09 5:09 P

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OK, tomorrow morning I'm going to try and get up earlier and do a workout.
Quick question: do you eat beforehand and if so what?

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8/22/09 4:30 P

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Shanihib, I need to try that.
I'm so sure my baby will wake up if I move out of bed (we co-sleep) but I need to at least try this out.

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8/22/09 11:02 A

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One thing that has been very successful for me is getting up a little earlier (before everyone else) and getting in my workout then. I do sacrifice some sleep that way, but I am 100% sure my workout will be done and I get the benefit of the exercise all day long. I'm more alert and have more energy.

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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MAMA2BOYZ1 Posts: 140
8/22/09 5:43 A

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That's a great idea Iwannashrink but the problem is that I often don't do my workout until 9pm!



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8/22/09 12:57 A

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have you considered adding another 20 minutes of something at the end of the day...i can't always get my hour in the morning, so i save an additional 20 minutes at the end when watching some mindless reality tv...?



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8/21/09 6:48 P

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I lost 3 pounds a week doing The Shred and staying within my points. It worked for me and I worked full throttle for those 20 minutes. :)

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Good night!

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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8/21/09 5:46 P

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Thanks guys.
I was beginning to think 20min was pointless.
I feel a bit better.
I'm just very tired tonight and today's workout pulled me down rather than up.

It's nearly 11pm here (UK) so I'm off to bed after I take a peek at the links mentioned.

I'll check in tomorrow.

Have a nice day.

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You have done what you could.
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You're doing some quality work with your 20 minutes, as those workouts are really challenging. You may still feel fat when you look in the mirror (you may always feel that way), but getting through those means that you've gotten strong! I'd think of walks with the kids and anything else you can manage to squeeze in as bonuses. For instance, I take the stairs at work every day. Its not something I track and not something I really even think about anymore, but its another minute or two that I'm moving. You're right, you can't use those walks as substitutes for your cardio, but every minute you spend walking or running around after the kids is benefitting you.

As a previous poster said, cleaning up your diet will help a lot and may do more than exercise. Believe me, I'd lost more than 50 lbs before I started to see any muscles or feel as though the areas that bothered me the most (midsection) were showing any improvement. Take measurements! Watching my progress as my measurements changed helped me so much. I only wish that I'd measured my arms and legs, not just my waist and hips. Your measurements may change well before the scale moves or you start seeing muscle definition, and measureable progress will help keep you going, and keep your spirits up.

Hang in there! You're doing it!

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8/21/09 5:07 P

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YES, 20 minutes a day can really make a difference. If it is high intensity, it can really improve your cardiovascular health, as well as boost your metabolism. I *love* Turbo Jam's 20 Minute Workout. You can also do the Learn & Burn (Burn only takes 15 minutes). Chalene also has a Cardio Party Remix Live that is 30 minutes long that is fabulous. You could also take a look at the videos from Coach Nicole here on SparkPeople!

Just keep in mind one thing: 80% of weight loss comes from eating less calories than you need. You mentioned that you started cleaning up your eating this week, but you don't mention if you've actually been weighing, measuring and tracking your food before this. If you haven't, I can almost guarantee you that if you do, your extra weight will start coming off.

Would you benefit from more than 20 minutes of exercise a day? Sure. Is 20 minutes still worth it? Absolutely. Trust me, your muscles underneath the fat are changing. You just can't see it.

You can do this! It will happen! You just need to take a bit more control over it.

Ok, for other possibilities, you can do something like alternating doing certain 1 minute exercises for a total of 20 minutes (to your favorite music of course):

Options are:
jog in place
stair step (or step onto a stool)
jumping jacks
jump front to back
burpees
kick front and back (alternate legs half way through)
pushups (maybe between sets of cardio)
bicycling
jumping rope

I'm sure there are many other options but I can't think of any at the moment!

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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Hi Ya'll,

YES YES YES 20 minute workout can make a diff. Think bout 20 minutes X {for this example} 6 days+ 120 minutes, the same as 4x per week 30 minutes a day.

I just asked my former personal trainer a similar question; mine was can i still get results by working out 3 days instead of my usual 6 with 1 day of strength instead of 4. Her answer: YES & every little bit counts!

Workouts sites: videofitness.com/ has a forum so you can post questions and www.collagevideo.com/ for dvds that you might like. BOTH are free.

I too love the Turbo Jam series, currently i lift heavy & go to the gym for strength & cardio otherwise i would recommend some dvds. I remember what it was like to have young ones & be a SAHM.

Keep up the great work!

p.s. I wasnt crazy bout Shred for other reasons but no one says that you cant do the dvd without the sound on & closed caption on so that you dont have to "hear" Jillian's comments....just a thought ;P

p.p.s LOVE Kendall & believe he has/had a strength dvd that was 2 20 minutes session, one upper & one lower. Also, Sparks has videos that you can do: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos.
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Anyone who has successfully figured out that SMALL SUCCESSES make BIG SUCCESSES.

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Hey!
20 mins is better than 0 mins! :)

I think you will see cleaning up the diet will lead to better results.

For me, it's all about the small choices we make each day. I feel more and more that my body reflects and amplifies each little choice I am faced with.

You can do it!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

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I'm feeling very low tonight.
For months I've been working out about 20min a day.
1st I did very, very basic beginner's workouts.
then I did the 30 day Shred. I liked it at first but at level 2 I felt like punching her bc I felt her comments were counter productive and I stopped enjoying it.
Then I went on to Turbo Jam and loved it - still do.
I also do Kendal Hogan Cardio Bootcamp and Cindy Whitmarsh's 10min burn routines.

I've only cleaned up my eating this week but I'm shocked to see how big my body is despite working out.

I have 2 little boys aged 4 and 1 whom I homeschool.
20min is the maximum time I can have to myself to workout.
I know a lot of people say to take the kids for a walk but that doesn't give me the cardio I need. Also, on our walks I am constantly answering questions about where slugs/clouds/plants come from and always watching the kids like a hawk even though their road-sense is very good.

I MUST exercise or my depression overtakes me. Exercise works for me in that respect but in terms of body change it doesn't seem to help.

Can any1 recommend some good 20min max workouts?
And/or pls can some1 motivate me to carry on!!

I've just finish a new workout and I hated it. I feel really low and despondent instead of energised.

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
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