On days I really don't want to exercise, I tell myself, "I can do ANYTHING for 10 minutes." I try to do at least 10 minuts of cardio and at least 10 minutes of strength 5 days a week. This is a do-able amount of time for me.
I use Hemalayaa's Bollywood Dance DVD's for cardio. Most of them are already broken into 10-15 minute segments, so it's easy to do a quick workout and to switch it up so I don't get bored. for strength, I use the SparkPeople Firm & Fit DVD.
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When first starting after living a sedentary lifestyle, setting up a workout regime seems so overwhelming let alone doing it. Start with dedicating 10 minutes to cardio and go from there. If you made it to the 10 minutes and still feel great, go another 10 minutes and so on. If you gave all that you can and are exhausted, then you can stop knowing you fulfilled your goal of 10 minutes of exercise.
I find this technique really helps me- I get motivated to workout as its "only 10 minutes" but always surpass my goal and exercise much longer.
Its a great way to get started, and once you have built up momentum and know you can do more you can set bigger goals.
How to get snatches of activity throughout the day. Walk around dining room table doing intervals, walk slow for 1 minute, walk fast for 1 minute, jog for 1 minute, continue this cycle for 10 minutes. Walk/Run up and down stairs- Walk up and down 1 minute, run up and down 30 seconds, to 10 minutes.
I work from home. I don't always have the car to go to the mall to walk, nor is it convenient to walk around the neighborhood. I do snatches of exercise throughout the day up to 30 minutes. This can be in 3 to 10 minute segments. My heart monitor shows 250 calories burned on average.
By creating an exercise routine based on your individual needs and abilities, as well as taking some precautionary measures, you can reduce your risk of injury and make exercise an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
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