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DH's pulmonologist told him today that he should do 10 min. daily on a treadmill. Everywhere we turn we are told to give up the couch for fitness. Sounds sensible.

- Submitted by EGRAMMY 10/28/2010 in Exercise | 20 Comments
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CARRAND 10/28/2010 9:21:00 PM

    That's how I started - 10 minutes a day. Once you get in the fitness habit you can exercise longer.
PUBLICPEN 3/14/2012 7:36:00 AM

    I started with 10 minutes per day at the beginning of the year. Exercise seemed almost impossible, I was so negative about it! Started with 10 minutes, then would add an occasional second set of 10. Then I would string together to workout 20 minutes at a time. I figure, I have succeeded if I have at least done my 10, everything else is extra. Now, I'm up to minimum 20 minute segments, sometime up to 1.5 hr with walks and other activities.

I found the 10 minute commitment a very liberating way to get active. Youjust start WANTING more exercise!
PHYLLISJA1 3/14/2012 9:15:00 PM

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I started 8 weeks ago with 15 minutes on the treadmill. Now I go 45 minutes. Slow and easy works.
TMW54812 3/14/2012 10:43:00 AM

    I started with 10 minutes a day 15 months ago and now do 4 miles a day. It's a great way to get started! On days I have no time for my full exercise, I still squeeze in 2 or 3 10 minute walks.
DEZIREME2 3/14/2012 10:05:00 AM

    Although I will be using an elliptical the same rule applies. I just got mine yesterday and am going to start with the 10 minute routine. It has been awhile since I've been able to do some exercising so this article came right on time emoticon
YESIWILLDOIT 10/28/2010 9:19:00 PM

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SHES2FAT4ME1 3/16/2012 1:09:00 AM

    After NOT exercising most of my life, I began at age 64. Did just like you, working up slowly on the treadmill AND the stationary bike as well. Went from huffing and puffing to walking easily 45min to an hr most days of the week. Jumping in and trying to do too much at the beginning is a good way to hurt yourself and put you off the idea. Good luck to all you ex-couch potatoes! I am certainly on my way to a healthier self...
WRITINGDIVA1 3/15/2012 6:43:00 PM

    I will have to try this. I used to do this and felt bad. But maybe it really helps. Let us know how it works out.
FRIENDOFBACH 3/14/2012 11:01:00 PM

    I have an elliptical, but the same thing applies.
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HYATTI1 3/14/2012 5:34:00 PM

    That should be my goal but I don't have a treadmill...ouch!
LYNCHD05 3/14/2012 2:39:00 PM

    there is nothing related to our health that does not encourage getting off the couch. Why do so many people just not get it! For all those that do, emoticon
SUZIEWE 3/14/2012 2:10:00 PM

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SOCDIRECTOR 3/14/2012 1:59:00 PM

    Congrats!
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MIKEYCO 3/14/2012 12:49:00 PM

    I am starting a minimum of 10 minutes a day also but using the exercise bike. It is less discomfort on my back.
SAHUNTER99 3/14/2012 10:26:00 AM

    My mom has COPD. Three years ago, she couldn't do a full minute at .5 mph. By going to pulmonary rehab, she has worked up to ten minutes a session. It won't save her life, but it will definitely slow down the progression of the disease.
LSIG14 3/14/2012 10:07:00 AM

    Pulmonary Cardiologist said start with 10 minutes. Work up to 6 X per day. First 10 minutes is mandatory - any after that is extra good!
DEARTOMYHEART 3/14/2012 9:02:00 AM

    With a recent bout with my RA, I have to start over again and work my way up to my usual 30 min a day plus. I am starting with 5/5/5 and increasing as the weeks go by.
Hard to start over but with this stuff you just do. It works, I have had to start over so many times but, put a smile on your face and just do it, you will feel so much bettter.
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FATFIRL 3/14/2012 8:57:00 AM

    Hello!!!!!! From New Orleans, LA.,
I started out with ten minutes of exercise and 4 minutes for a warm-up and cool-down. I love the slow and steady pace. I am working for 24 minutes now. Keep it up!
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REDROSEMARIE 3/14/2012 7:03:00 AM

    This would also work as an energy booster to pep you up when needed. emoticon
CMORISAK 3/14/2012 6:46:00 AM

    that's what i need to do 10 minutes segments

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