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Ten Minutes and a pedometer

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Whether you are just starting out, trying to keep going, or get going once again: this is my tip for you - Start out with ten minutes, and a pedometer.

When your day seems short, and workouts look like they can't fit in, try 10 minutes of stretches when you first get up. I do a physical therapy modified version of stretches almost daily - at least 10 minutes, before I even roll out of bed.

You will be glad you did.

Last night, my back pain was pretty bad, and sleep was limited, but guess what, at some point this morning I did my 10 minutes, (actually I stretched it into about 12). Sometimes it is the only thing that can relieve my back. Remember, those 10 minutes can be a starting point. It is tangible, and sustainable (most of the time).

Then, pick up a pedometer if you don't already have one. Clip it to your waist band and add up your steps. Even if you have health issues, it is great for your self esteem to see your steps increase. I count mine out when I go to the grocery store or garden centers, even around the house up and down the stairs, and puttering in the yard.

These two tips can get you going, keep you going, and make you unafraid to start again. Anyone can spare 10 minutes. And if ten minutes is still too much - do two sessions of 5 minutes.

Have a great afternoon.
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