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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes


  • "All or nothing" left me opting for "nothing" too often, so I've always used this method. It not only gets me exercising regularly, but I find that if I tell myself "If you just do 10 minutes then that's better than nothing" that I actually wind up sticking with it longer. Starting is the hardest part, especially on something like the elliptical trainer. Once I've gone that long, it's often easy for me to continue up to 30 minutes or more. But even if don't work out as long as I'd like, it's easy to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes a couple of times a day and that really is better than nothing. If I can do 3 sets with free weights, or go half a mile on the elliptical, or even just do some crunches, I wind up doing something every day, even on those days where I don't stop and commit long periods. It still burns calories and makes me stronger and it even gives me energy. - 1/25/2008 3:40:18 PM
  • What a great idea. I never really thought about doing that before. It will be much easier to fit in 10 minutes here and there. Who knows, I may end up doing more exercise than I intended! - 1/25/2008 9:49:53 AM
  • This is a wonderful way to fit exercise into your schedule. - 1/7/2008 1:17:07 PM
  • Great article. - 1/7/2008 3:29:20 AM
  • LMYERS1326
    GREAT ideas in this article. I use them while at work, and it is especially easy when I am alone in the office to get a short 10 minute workout in. - 1/2/2008 12:03:58 PM
  • I also primarily work a desk job (12 hours at time too!). What I've been doing is when I get up from my desk, I take the long way, or go around the office twice. If I'm fixing my lunch (or dinner), I may put it in the micro and then walk to another part of the office and back. Stuff like that.

    I've also been riding the bus more often lately (car not working), and I find that riding the bus gets me moving more. If I have the monthly bus pass, I don't mind running a single errand on the bus. And walking to/from the bus pass adds up! - 12/14/2007 7:39:26 AM
  • This is a really helpful article! Most days I get home and never get back out again. I find I often use the, "I'll just work out tomorrow" excuse and I've let that slide for way too long! With these tips I think I can manage getting in 3 10 minute sessions on my busy days. - 12/11/2007 1:49:18 PM
  • I had a goal of 10,000 steps a day but work at a desk all day and it was hard to do. So instead I used the stairs, parked farther away, and walked the halls a few times before heading to the bathroom. I also got a pedometer. So even if I only walk for 5 minutes, I am doing it about 8-10 times a day. It really adds up and I have succeeded in my goals the past three months!!

    And I have a lot more energy and have lost some of my waist! - 12/3/2007 10:12:23 AM
  • It's funny I can so relate to - "just work out for 5 mins - see how you feel" and in turn i see where it's really easy to add another 5 and another 5 and so fourth! Great article - thanks! - 12/1/2007 9:19:22 PM
  • Great article. Gives an answer to all the people who say "Oh, I'm too busy to exercise." Great advice for the Baby Boomers who need simple exercise. 10 minutes can be accomplished no matter how badly out of shape you are. - 12/1/2007 2:53:59 PM
  • I have a 2 yr old that doesn't like it when I exercise for very long. I have found a way to incorporate exercise while still being with her: I will lay on the floor and do crunches with her on my stomach. She also likes to do Pilates with me:-) While I am laying on my pilates exerciser, my daughter will sit on my stomach while I do those exercises. She is very light and helps me keep my stomach pulled in.

    I have found that I will actually do more floor exercises when she is involved because I don't feel like I have to rush. I also think this helps show my children that exercise is a "fun" thing that they can do also. For me, these short bouts are a win-win situation for all involved. - 12/1/2007 9:01:35 AM
  • This is a tactic I can use on my off days from the gym. - 12/1/2007 8:48:46 AM

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