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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up
Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes
3/29/2009 11:42:02 AM
Unclutterer's blog had a great idea of putting a hospital table over your treadmill for a laptop desk and exercising while reading that e-mail or surfing the Web. The tables generally are priced at $25-35 in salvage stores, require a clearance of 12-13" to get its foot under the treadmill bed. Older cheap machines (read: mine) cannot use that manual incline while using the desk. A laptop cooler without a vent underneath, and a foam or fabric pad supporting the laptop and fan, will damp vibration.
So--every time you go look something up, you get your ten-minute workout. My e-mail runs 60-70 minutes. Add a headphone, and you have music plus e-mail.
I have been doing this for some now and it works great for me. I do a 10 minute higher intensity session three to four times a day. It perks me up when I am feeling tired and I have avoided the dreaded long workout at the end of my day. :) And sometimes, once started...I find myself even going a little longer and actually getting in a total of an hour.
Ihave started challenging myself everyday by doing 10 mins of cardio, strength and stretches every morning (though some mornings I dont feel like it) but it really does boost your feeling of I have worked out today albeit 10 minutes. I also go for a long walk at Lunchtime for about 15-20 minutes to clear my head and get out of the stuffy office. Then I walk home after work. So everyday I do 10 mins before work, 15 mins walk to work, 15-20 mins walk at lunchtime and then another 15 mins walk back home, and at the weekends (saturday's) I do a high impact aerobics workout followed by cool down and stretches.
I like the idea of 10 minute workouts, but I always wonder if they are effective because I have been programmed to think of a workout as lasting 45 - 60 minutes. I don't feel like I really have the time to get into a brisk workout in only 10 minutes.
I was never successful when I did longer workouts. I find it much easier to get up 1/2 hour earlier and work out and then (if time) work out after I get home from work to get an hour in each day. Even on the days I can't work out after work, I still got some exercise in.
A little can go a long way, but I agree that on a lunch break in professional dress clothes one would not go out and work up even a light sweat. I find that even a brisk walk at slightly more than normal speed - say a walk with "purpose" - provides a nice mid-day exercise and mind clearing break when the weather permits. Using stationary equipment or floor exercises while watching sports on TV is an excellent way to get in some minutes and practice multi-tasking skills!
My only comment would be that it's best not to the "high intensity" stuff and work yourself into a sweat when you're on your lunch hour. Especially if you have to work in close proximity with others! If you can't shower afterward, don't sweat! A brisk walk can get your blood pumping and benefit you too, without risking offending others.
This motivated me after doing two jobs today, going home cooking, and putting two children to bed. I was going to go and read. Ater reading this article, I decided to take my third child walking with me for 20 minutes! Thanks!!! Laura
I often do a 20-minute jump rope workout over my lunch break, and then another 20 minute elliptical workout after work. I think I'd lose steam if I kept doing 40-minute workouts, and I'd feel like I don't have time for them, so this works great for me.
I have been doing this for 2 months now at work. I get 2 15 minute breaks and 1/2 hour lunch. We have a 6 story garage and I walk the garage on breaks and lunch. I am 58 years old and have a bad hip but I keep walking (with my doctors approval).. When I first started it was all I could do to walk one story. Now I can walk down all 6 stories and I am getting faster and increasing my heart rate. When I get home from work there is too much "house work" to do to exercise, so this is the only opportunity I get to excercise. I do have to confess that on the weekends I still can't fit in my walking.
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