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Give Your Workout a SparkStart

5-10 Minutes to Major Momentum


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  • SUZZB28
    Hi there i have been walking for a few years now as i lost over 27 lbs back then i am still maintaining ? but i do so love to walk.. I got a treadmill and had it all set up with a radio to listen to music while i walked.. well i was on the treadmill every am for 25 minutes... i was really proud of me.. it was for those hot days and rainy days.. other days i went outside.. well last March the wonderful treadmill threw me off and i broke my wrist in 3 places.. in a cast for over 10 weeks.. now i am a little skepitcal of it.. i want to go back but need a little push.. i do walk for about 15 minutes 2 tmies a day with the dogs .. time is of the essence in my life.. i do park far away so i get extra ste ps that way any suggestions ??? thanks love this site susie
  • The Wisconsin Milwaukee Team has a challenge on Right Now, that is very very very similar to this article. As a matter of fact, I just huddled in on it, on Monday, 3/28/11 and began the challenge a few days before Monday.

    I wonder how am I to track these small challenges to my fitness tracker, as it is I am exercising in small bits and trying to remain consistent with my scheduled fitness plan. I appreciate the motivational pointers within this article.
    I love this idea! I am struggling with going like gang-busters and then quitting for a week, then going again for a week, then quitting for a week. I think I should try this! I will!
    I love this idea! I am struggling with going like gang-busters and then quitting for a week, then going again for a week, then quitting for a week. I think I should try this! I will!
  • The QuickFire Challenge is helping me into these habits, too.
  • I love this idea!

  • The second person in the article: that could very easily be me. I look forward to doing what she "will" do.
  • Mr. Spark must have a crystal ball because I feel he wrote this article for me. I just can't seem to motivate myself. I'm tired all the time, when I get home from work all I want to do is lie down. I took a good assesment of myself over the week-end and know I need to start eating the right foods, take Vitamins and exercise. I check this email this morning and SURPRISE I find this article. IiT WAS A GREAT SHOT IN THE ARM.
  • I remember when I first started to workout last year. I was 250 lbs. I dieted down to 230, then I started out slow with old videos, maybe 3 days a week until I felt stronger. Now I'm 157 and working out 5 or 6 days a week. Working out is second nature now. I always feel better after a good sweat!!!
    Agree 100% with this article. Just another example of SparkPeople's focus on things that work for real people in the real world.
    The only thing that I would add is that your initial goal should be to make your workouts FUN and something that you look forward to. Unless you are a pro athlete you can meter the intensity and duration of your workouts by how good you feel. Start out with the SparkStarts and you will soon feel great. After awhile you will build momentum but may start getting bored - that's when its time to ratchet it up a notch.
  • I'm getting my Line Dance DVD ready for a 10 minute play every morning before I start my real day!
  • Great point. Long term success is all about making healthy choices a habit.
  • I agree with SparkGuy's quote about 5-10 minute workout, it really does make a difference, especially when either just starting or even feel too lazy to start fitness regime! So, whenever I'm get bored with my current workout and start to skip, I just mix some cardios for at least 10-min just to get back on track. The trouble is, I'm very fast to get bored, haha.
    Great ideas for my lunch break. We get 30 minutes which isn't great for any "real" exercise but these workouts are entirely doable.

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