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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes


  • 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
    Just a little side note --
    have been doing a 30 min walk in the morning (15 min one way, 15 back) and another 30 min after din -- voila' 1hr! Have lost 2 pounds in 2 weeks. Neat way to easily sqyueak it in, in a day. - 3/29/2010 8:53:39 AM
  • I am living proof that short exercise sessions work. I am 62, 5'4" and weigh 228 lbs. I have been on SparkPeople for 3 months and have lost 18 inches off thighs, hips, upper arms and waist. I have lost a total of 20 lbs. as well. I have used the meal planner to create 1200 to 1500 calories a day. The exercise was a real issue for me. I have breathing and physical limitations. I started out walking 100 steps each day on my elliptical. I am now walking 215 steps three times a day on my elliptical. It is barely 5 minutes total exercise each time, but it is a real workout for me. I am grateful that I found SparkPeople and can lose the weight that I need to lose for a healtier life. - 3/29/2010 8:15:52 AM
  • After I read this article, I just realized I somehow screw up my quick, 10-minutes workout!
    I did 5 minutes warm up then 10 to 20 minutes sandwich cardio+strength then 5 minutes cool down and about 2-minute stretching. I always thought 10-minute workout is exclude the warm-up, cool down and stretching, haha. This articles is very helpful for me who's not quite good in finding time or other word, not good in time management, hehe - 3/29/2010 8:09:24 AM

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