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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes


  • "You can do anything for 15 minutes" is a quotation from a book called Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley or The FlyLady ( It's something I read about 4 years ago but I keep forgetting it! She talks about taking baby steps to get into the habit of what you want to do. Her focus is on keeping your house CHAOS free (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Every now and again I re-discover it... which is another thing about making changes. I'd given up on making myself healthy, but I'm rediscovering it again with Sparkpeople. I'm going to be much less rigid about my changes... more gentle with myself. I can exercise for 10 minutes three times a day. I can do anything for 10 minutes! Check out FlyLAdy. She's got some really good advice re: habits. - 3/8/2010 3:34:01 PM
  • This story was of great encouragement to me. I have severe arthritis in my knees and while my spirit is willing my body is not always willing and because of the pain sometimes all I can manage is 10 minutes at a time. I was really getting down about this because I always hear that you have to do at least 30 minutes but I thank God for the telling me to go ahead and do what I could because it sure beats doing nothing! Thanks SparkPeople for having information that we all can use! - 2/23/2010 2:36:48 PM
    I was glad to see this article. Last April I found out that I had a heart problem and had to have a stint put in. After the stint, I started walking a little at a time and tore a tendon in my ankle.Had to wear two or three different braces and still am wearing a support brace every day. I work 5 days a week and sit all day at work, come home, eat dinner and by that time I can't wait to get off my feet, so I sit untill bed time and then go to bed.I
    have been very concerned about not getting any exercise. I would not be able to last more than ten minutes at a time, right now. I am going to give the 10 min. exer. a try - 2/18/2010 11:01:11 PM
    I've personally found 10 minutes of very intense vigorous training can be as beneficial as 45 minutes plodding along. The hard bit is hitting the right intensity level, and not quitting :)
    Esp when your at home and no-one can see you. - 2/2/2010 6:48:42 AM
    I had actually started doing the 10 minute workouts because I felt it was that or nothing. I just wasn't physically able to do the longer workouts but it has been helping me to feel better and the more I do, the more I am ABLE to do. Excellent idea! - 1/29/2010 8:32:26 PM
  • 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 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
    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
    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
    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

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