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Give Your Workout a SparkStart

5-10 Minutes to Major Momentum


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  • Boy did I ever need to read this article, it makes me wonder if someone's been reading my mind, this is exactly what I needed!
  • I am very happy to have this article and the one it led me to - 7 Days to Jumpstart Your Fitness. It may be too much to start with and I may have to adapt it using the fitness resource but the idea has pulled me out of the doldrums I am currently in about exercising and made me think about just doing one moment at a time until it all seems easier. Thank you.
  • If you do all of these things except walk the dog, it's a 30 min work out once you feel like doing more but you are tired of your own exercise videos
  • I like the idea of a 'streak' competition! It helps create that habit of exercise everyone needs PLUS it encourages healthy competition and teamplaying among the family or office.
  • What a great article. I can relate to "Jane's" all or nothing mentality. These are easy to incorporate inbetween my daily to-do's. I save it!
    I would caution people to ease into high impact exercise (light jog, jump rope). I don't have any physical issues and I need 5-10 minutes just to warm up my legs and ankle/knee joints before I can start jumping and hopping around.

    For those who like exercise dvds, check out the 10 Minute Solution series. There are so many outstanding options. I have two of the workouts - Kettlebell Ultimate Fat Burner w/ Michele Olson and Rapid Results Pilates w/ Lara Hudson. Both are excellent.
    This is a useful tip about starting a consistent exercise program. Just getting up and doing something breaks the inertia.
  • I can totally relate to "Jane's" all or nothing mentality. I tend to think that if I'm going to exercise I have to at least feel something from it! I joined the Quick Fire Challenge Spark Team which advocates this program of easy, do anywhere type of exercises, and it's a great concept but I am finding it difficult to get myself to think that little at a time does add up. I usually give myself a min. of 20-30min. for a workout in order for it to 'count' in my head.
  • About two years ago I weighed 195 pounds and was very out of shape. I could not walk up 3-4 steps without getting out of breath. I had to lose weight to get to a healthier BMI. This meant exercise and diet. So, I began walking 5 minutes every morning. I did this til it was easy then increased to 6 minutes. I again continued at that level til it was easy ( about 1-2 weeks). I continued to increase by 1-2 minute increments. I have lost 35 pounds and can now walk for hours with no problems. I still want to lose more weight but the health benefits made every "minute" worth it!
  • This is a great article and has motivated me to commit to exercising at least 5-10 minutes every day. I have also challenged my Team and my Facebook and SparkPeople Friends to commit to this challenge. I believe that if we're all doing something together it help with commitment. I know it does for me. Thanks for this inspirational article.
  • Even though I read this before, it was good to read again.
    I think I need to start a couple of mini streaks for myself to spark up my 'routine'.
  • I think there are probably a number of us who can't do high impact aerobics because of joint problems; this eliminates workouts 1, 3, 6, and 7. Also if one lives in a house without stairs, workout 6 is eliminated. I like the idea behind this article but I wish it had provided guidelines for tailoring a short workout to your own personal situation.
    I'm trying to do something like this . Thought of it on my own just to get back into doing exercise. It's really good to see I'm on the right track and to have something to refer to for some structure and motivation.
  • Great Article. I'm book marking this. Even though I have a fairly well ingrained weekly work out schedule, I can often be caught out with sudden schedule changes or circumstance that leave my plans in the dust. How great to have a handful of quick easy to follow, little equipment required, work outs at hand. As usual Spark People rocks.
  • I am pretty fit. I run 20 miles/week and I do strength training for 40 mins 2-3X/week with 15 lb to 25 lb dumbbells. I have been on this regimen for more than a year. And even with this level of fitness I find the #2 suggested workout to be pretty intense for a beginner.

    Sit ups for TWO MINUTES? TWICE?? I would have a hard time doing that now. I usually do two sets of 30 pushups in my usual routine, so I wouldn't consider two sets of 25 pushups to be a beginner's level of exercise.

    Heck, maybe I'm not in as good a shape as I thought..... :(

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