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    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 4:08:56 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 1:03:38 PM
  • 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 9:18:42 AM
  • 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. :-) - 3/29/2011 7:20:07 AM
  • Tobey - I agree completely. This is NOT a picture of a healthy woman. - 1/25/2011 8:10:39 AM
    I am VERY CONCERNED with photographs such as this one depicting an anorexic-thin model. - 12/22/2010 9:03:22 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. - 10/4/2010 10:18:01 AM
    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. - 6/4/2010 12:34:28 PM
    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!!
    Srm - 6/1/2010 11:00:43 AM
  • I totally agree with this article. I try to go for a 10 minute walk on my lunch break. My desk is only about twelve feet from the photocopier, so I used to print everything up and collect it all at once. Now, I stand up and walk to it every time I need to print anything. Also, rather than phoning my coworkers upstairs, I walk up to talk to them. It's just little things but they do add up and help me to stay energized throughout the day. - 5/23/2010 6:08:01 PM
  • I do "kitchen exercises". I use the edge of the counter to do push ups, reverse push ups and for balance to do squats and toe lifts. Two or three times a day does make a difference. I also have stairs which just naturally improves your strength and cardio fitness if you put a little bounce in your step and take a few extra trips. - 5/5/2010 9:51:11 AM
  • I know exercisers help for I was one who just got to where sitting was all I could thing of when I got up in the I even get as much as 8 hours sleep from not sleeping much I'd be up for two full days at a time then I could fall asleep I think that it was depression I don't know but now I want to go out and go go go - 5/4/2010 12:50:58 PM
  • EVITA7
    Well, I can see that if you are starting from a minimal fitness level, those 10 minute will do a world of good. Especially weight training and stretching which don't require a warm-up. But I don't think that cardio fitness is possible with such short workouts, especially if you are past the beginner stage. - 3/31/2010 12:26:22 PM
  • It makes it so much easier to break up the day with 10 minute sessions. Especially when you don't have time for a 60 minute workout. Thanks for posting! - 3/30/2010 8:42:28 AM
  • Heck, yes, a 10-minute workout can count for something! I do Tabata sprints once or twice a week, and on a good day the workout takes a full 14 minutes, including the warm-up and cool-down. It's INTENSE! If you're not dying by the time you're done, you're not pushing yourself hard enough.

    It really boils down to what you get done in those 10 minutes. You can push yourself harder in 10 minutes than you can in 45, so if you're willing to really work, you can get a lot done. - 3/29/2010 11:22:32 AM

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