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Give Your Workout a SparkStart

5-10 Minutes to Major Momentum


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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is EXACTLY what my program teaches. Women start from Point A (where they are today) and add small but incremental changes to their nutrition, workout, attitudes, and behaviors. "Greatness is a journey of a million tiny steps taken in the right direction."

    This site has some of the best content I've seen regarding health and fitness. Keep up the great work Sparkies!
  • Kudos to the writers & people at SP -- every morning these articles manage to kick me out of bed and out the door. I want to learn to write as persuasively as you.

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