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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

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  • i don't know about all that 10 minute adding up thing. Yes, they will eventualy add up to something measurable but before you get close to reaching that point, you'l rack up more calories from food. I guess, in my opinion i would just rather exercise 45 min. a day & take weekends off, that way i know my exercise is more than my caloric intake. I know i'll be making progress that way. - 1/29/2010 6:21:38 PM
  • This reminds me of the 10 Minute Trainer by Tony Horton (available on BeachBody.com). It's a good theory - I have no idea if the exercise program actually works though. - 1/24/2010 4:23:18 PM
  • Shepherdess2...that is a brilliant idea! Much better than sitting in an uncomfortable chair and feeling your blood pressure go up up up! - 1/8/2010 12:54:38 PM
  • SHEPHERDESS2
    You can also get those short cardios in at every opportunity: I was waiting (and waiting) at the doc's office the other day and instead of sitting, I got a 45 minute cardio workout by walking back and forth and using the stairs right there in the waiting room. Good way to change an aggravation into productivity and a positive outlook. - 1/5/2010 10:58:57 PM
  • PRA4U2
    Yes, we all need all the motivation we can get, especially just to get started. I am starting here to get motivated. Well I started on sparks over a year ago. Just recently had lap band surgery...already have been through the healing stages. Now is the time to start thinking about getting started moving along with eating better. Thanks - 12/23/2009 3:20:42 PM
  • DEB_WILBORN
    This is great motivation for people like me, who don't have the endurance for longer workouts. I definitely want to build up to longer workout, but knowing that I will get benefits from my short bursts throughout the day is encouraging. - 9/2/2009 12:13:47 AM
  • T-LITE
    My take home point from the article (as one who skipped her three mid-week runs) is that something is better than nothing. I know I have an all-or-nothing mentality. I can easily psyche myself out of a scheduled working by thinking that I'm too tired to complete the whole workout or don't have enought time. It's so much easier to commit to 10-15 minutes and get that done (and probably the whole 60 min pushing myself to just do another 5 min....) - 7/31/2009 10:13:37 AM
  • LMCGOWEN
    I am so glad to read this article. This summer has been so busy that if I couldn't fit in a half hour to hour workout I would just skip all together. Then I thought you know 15 minutes is better then nothing. So that is what I have been doing. I am not losing as quickly as I was with the longer workouts but that is ok.
    Lisa - 7/29/2009 5:39:29 AM
  • I think they key to this is that 10 minutes here and there is good for overall physical fitness and a generally healthy lifestyle. And if I were my goal weight I could see that happening for me. I don't think it's a likely approach when you have weight to lose though--which is where I am. But I guess if it's 10 minutes or nothing, 10 minutes is better. I don't exercise for less than 45 minutes most of the time. - 5/29/2009 5:57:45 PM
  • I think I am definitely one of those people who feel like I can't get the greatest workout if its not more than 30 minutes. I also feel that at least for my body, I am not getting in the best cardio if I am not running. I do not know where I got these conceptions from but I definitely have them... I am hoping that with time and as I see different results from my routines, that I will start to believe and have faith in the other side of the argument.. - 5/4/2009 8:07:32 PM
  • My life is extremely hectic and busy right now and I used to be able to spend over an hour on the treadmill at a time. But right now it's a lot easier squeezing in 10 minutes here and there throughout the day than committing to an hour long session.

    So even if 10 minutes here and there isn't as effective as a long session, it's still better than not doing something at all! - 5/2/2009 12:53:15 PM
  • CHAKRA2
    it neaver occured to me it could be that easy , i plan on getting into that habit, some days i just cany get out to the gym. this is great! chakra2 - 5/1/2009 9:26:50 PM
  • I don't believe you get the same benefits from ten minute spurts as from focused activities. You get DIFFERENT benefits. A constant low level of activity burns quite a few calories - getting up and moving around periodically versus just sitting at my desk focused on my computer makes a difference of 500-800 calories a day based on my GoWearFit readings. That's as much as an hour workout. However, just moving around a little doesn't build strength the way an hour of strength training does (burning 200-300 calories) or cardiovascular health the way an hour of interval training cardio (500-800 calories). A great article in that it shows how a little bit all throughout the day is really worthwhile - and starting with ten minutes is fine :) - 5/1/2009 8:24:28 PM
  • Everybody has posted great ideas regarding this article. I'll be back later to finish reading them. Thanks to all!!! - 5/1/2009 7:48:42 PM
  • I have mobility problems anything more than 10 minutes my body (back) gives out.
    I do 3 10 minute walks with 2 21/2 warm up /cool down.
    Sorry no sweat ing here but gaining balance and stamina...maybe one day I can do ...20 minutes. - 5/1/2009 9:30:24 AM

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