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Start with just 10 minutes the first day. Add 1 minute the next day for a total of 11 minutes. * Each day just add 1 minute to your total. When you reach 15 minutes - spend a couple of days there then start adding the 1 minute each day again. Repeat from * for 20, 25 and 30 minutes.
At 30 minutes - you can split your work out into 2 sessions of 30 minutes a day for an instant jump to 60, or just keep growing it to 60 a minute at a time. One minute is just so doable.
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.
Cardio workouts are better with "interval training"!
During a 30 minute cardio workout, when reaching the minute prior to 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30, I do a one minute full out sprint. This makes the time pass so much faster and expends significantly more calories.
Added bonus: I have to cool down after my sprint at minute 30, which extends my workout by 5 minutes. This means every 6 days, I'm getting a bonus 30 minute workout!
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