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Give Your Workout a SparkStart

5-10 Minutes to Major Momentum


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  • 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..... :(
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 1,3,4,5,6,7 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.
  • Excellent advice.. I am going to start it Tomorrow morning!
  • ANGEL_2009
    i thought the article was really grear.
  • 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.
  • This is such a great way to get started. I look forward to seeing more results!
  • This is very helpful and I can't wait to try
    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.

    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 :)
    This is a great article and also very encouraging for me!

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