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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes



7/20/2012 3:01:00 PM

This is a very helpful piece, thank you. I have a demanding job and 2 teenagers to stay on top of so I'm often pressed for time. Breaking up an exercise routine into 10 minute increments feels doable.



6/30/2012 1:44:26 AM

it seems i am the "all or nothing" type of gal. i now realize that that is not a good way to live. so i am trying to change - i used to think that in order to get fit, i had to throw myself into exercise or dieting, and because it is so hard, i would always fail at reaching my goals.

now i will try very hard to grab what i can get - hopefully i will see the results i am desperate to get.


9/26/2011 3:10:08 AM

I find the opportunities to run on bike, but, concerning the other exercises, it became more difficult to deal with. Usually, the long-time activities seem inaccessible to me, I noticed that. I use to postpone things that give me the feeling that could take a longer time (minutes, I mean). The accessibility of the workouts is an important idea that this article revealed to me. Thank you!


7/29/2011 11:15:18 AM

Accepting that 10min of exercise is just fine has completely enabled me to develop a consistent exercise routine in the morning this month!


6/10/2011 2:21:56 PM

KJEWEL1's SparkPage
I love to run and can usually find time to fit it in, however this article will really help when I try to fit in the strength training and flexibility stuff that I avoid, but NEED to do... Thanks


5/9/2011 8:22:23 AM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
Just what I needed to read today! Thanks, this is a great reminder~!


3/29/2011 4:08:56 PM

ON2VICTORY's SparkPage
I totally agree. This is how I break up any training ruts i find myself in. taking small steps and getting the momentum going is key.


3/29/2011 1:03:38 PM

Thymewarrior, I am with you! I have a yoga routine and am relatively flexible despite being short and stocky, but I also have a bad knee and sciatica, so I do stretches with one foot on the edge of the kitchen counter. I also wash my hair in the kitchen sink, and when I bend to towel off my hair, I make sure to bend at the hips, 90-degree angle.

I feel bad because I can no longer walk decent distances straight; I used to walk 4 miles home from a volunteer gig 3x weekly. This article eases my guilt: if I can only walk for 10 minutes at a time, so be it; I walk as briskly as I can even using a cane. I am gong for a knee treatment today and will be restricted for 48 hours, but I can still do some of my dumbbell routines and stretch other body parts without bothering my knee so I can allow the treatment to take effect properly.


3/29/2011 9:18:42 AM

JMILLER!'s SparkPage
Personally, I've seen great results in inches in just 3 minutes a day. I do a wall sit for 90 seconds, and I do a plank position for 90 seconds. My muscles are stronger, and I've lost inches. The book "90 second fitness solution" by Pete Cerqua is worth looking at.


3/29/2011 7:20:07 AM

REJ7777's SparkPage
This article is a reminder to get rid of my all-or-nothing thinking. When I don't have "enough time" to do a full 30-minute workout, I tend to not do anything. It's so encouraging to know that by taking advantage of 10 minutes here and there, I can take care of my health. For example, it takes me just 10 minutes to walk to work. :-)


1/25/2011 8:10:39 AM

Tobey - I agree completely. This is NOT a picture of a healthy woman.


12/22/2010 9:03:22 AM

I am VERY CONCERNED with photographs such as this one depicting an anorexic-thin model.


10/4/2010 10:18:01 AM

Great article - but just one small criticism - I'm not keen on the idea of a power walk after dinner. Best to to the power walk before dinner, and thoroughly digest after dinner sitting still.

If you power walk on a full stomach, you won't digest properly, as your blood is diverted from your stomach (where it's needed for digestion) to your legs for walking.


6/4/2010 12:34:28 PM

I started an in-home walking DVD program doing 1 mile in 15 minutes. I wasn't very consistent. Now I do the "walking moves" as I watch my favorite TV show instead
of sitting on the sofa. I usually end up walking longer than 10-15 minutes, just
because I'm interested in my show. I'm 70 so my pounds are coming off slowly, but
I'm determined to keep it up for my health and appearance.


6/1/2010 11:00:43 AM

I will take what I can get! Work and home stress are motivational murderers! And I am ready to strike back! I have to do it for me! Thanks for this little bit of confidence!!

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