When I'm running, I usually go for a goal of 30 minutes. But if I think about 30 minutes, I get intimidated. So I just take it 5 minutes at a time. After 2 1/2 minutes, you're halfway done. Then with the last minute, I think, I've come this far, why stop now? Then I feel motivated to keep going.
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For many reasons -- including knees that need coddling to lack of time -- I usually exercise in increments of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. I may not have 30 minutes or more at a time to exercise, but I can always find 15 minutes, and those few minutes are less intimidating, and thus more likely to happen, than a big chunk of minutes. It's also beneficial to my knees because they get a break, which means there is less pain and I'm more likely to do another 15 minutes later on.
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