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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

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  • Everybody has posted great ideas regarding this article. I'll be back later to finish reading them. Thanks to all!!!
  • I have mobility problems anything more than 10 minutes my body (back) gives out.
    I do 3 10 minute walks with 2 21/2 warm up /cool down.
    Sorry no sweat ing here but gaining balance and stamina...maybe one day I can do ...20 minutes.
  • If its true that you can get the same benefits from 10 minutes here and there, then I wonder why I spend 40-60 minutes running several days a week. Seems to me it is a lot harder to sustain a 60 minute run than to do several short workouts - and "harder" translates into better fitness.

    If the minimum you can do is a few 10 minute workouts, then that is better than nothing. But could you run a marathon on 10 minute training sessions? Don't think so...... but that is just my opinion, based on my experience.
    I love the over treadmill table idea--off to the thrift store to look for one now!
    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.
  • With 100+ pounds to lose, this seems manageable and gives me hope!
    I don't have time to long periods of exercise, so I go for multiple 5-20 minutes walks. It really adds up.
  • 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
  • Sitting at my desk at work can really slow down your metabolism. On my way to the bathroom, I choose to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs. A small effort, but it adds up.

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