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Give Your Workout a SparkStart

5-10 Minutes to Major Momentum


  • 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. - 3/14/2009 9:26:20 AM
  • 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..... :( - 2/8/2009 12:47:37 PM
  • I do cardio every day in that I walk 1 mile to and from the train daily- but that is not helping me to lost weight, I don't think, because my body is used to it by now. I am doing cardio/strength training pretty consistently three days a week, and yoga on a fourth, but I know I need to do more. I am going to start using these on the days where I "don't have enough time" or am "too tired." It might be just the thing I need to get more consistent and motivated! - 2/6/2009 2:52:34 PM
  • I do leslie sansone walk at home dvds, I love them and she is so nice. I have the four fast miles and it is low impact, easy steps and great for begineers.]
    what i like is that she stops after every mile so you can go at your own pace. For a month I couldn't get past a mile (and felt like i never would) I just did 2 miles for the past three days!!! , so it might not feel like it but you will get stronger=) just do whatever you can at first it does get easier!! - 1/26/2009 12:22:30 PM
  • 1,3,4,5,6,7 are great five minute sessions – but 2, is in my opinion asking for trouble.
    Push up and also, to a degree, pull ups, are serious weight bearing exercises and in my book shouldn’t be carried out without first doing mobility exercises to mobilise all the major joints of the body, and a pulse raising activity. This whole thing should take no more than 5 minutes, but without them, you risk very sore joints and muscles and mabe pulled muscles, which is always a possibility if you start any excises from cold.
    If I’m wrong on this I’d welcome a Sparkpeople expert to explain why.
    - 10/25/2008 11:25:41 AM
  • Excellent advice.. I am going to start it Tomorrow morning! - 10/24/2008 11:27:03 PM
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    i thought the article was really grear. - 10/24/2008 6:53:13 PM
  • I love the short workout concept. It's a great way to get started. Or, restart after an injury. I used Jorge Cruise's 8 minutes in the morning and Rick Bradley's Quick Fit to get me going again. AND, according to the Spark People fitness tracker, that was 720 calories a week I wasn't burning before. - 10/23/2008 11:52:14 AM
  • This is such a great way to get started. I look forward to seeing more results! - 4/13/2008 7:52:45 PM
  • This is very helpful and I can't wait to try
    - 2/18/2008 11:36:38 PM
    ok. i have add this to my favorite and was just concentrating on workout 1 for a week. Cus i want to improve on my breathing. ANd i have to admit that this is a good idea. I feel better and i think next week i am going increase my workout 1 to 2 mins each and then continue to workout 2.

    I hope in long run i will improve a lot. i know i will as long as God shine His light on me.

    Thanx. - 2/17/2008 8:21:54 AM
    Super article....these 5-10 minute workouts are incredible.......
    I combined the first exercise workouts and it was an awesome 30 minute workout.....I can see how each one on its own every morning would give you a shot of energy...
    I would recommend this article be read by everyone new to spark people......
    What a welcome :) - 1/28/2008 12:16:40 PM
    This is a great article and also very encouraging for me! - 1/18/2008 10:26:00 AM
  • This is how I started my exercise habit, with 5 minutes stationary bike. Now I love it and do 40 minutes 6 days a week, despite the fact that I have arthritis and can't walk far, so I have to use a mobility scooter or car to get around outside. - 1/18/2008 5:03:13 AM
  • Thank you for this article. I can honestly say I find myself in all these sineroes at one time or another, through the last 30 years. Good to know that now I'm on the right track and if'n I fall off I van just pick myself up and get back on track. - 1/17/2008 5:30:34 PM

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