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  Week of 5/26/2011 - Featured Board Post

Every Little Bit Helps

I know this isn't a new message - it's all over SparkPeople that if you can just get in your ten minutes here and ten minutes there, it will make a difference. Thing is, at first it doesn't feel like it. You don't really work up a sweat in ten minutes, you may not get to that sore muscle place we all associate with getting a good workout, and when you plug ten minutes of walking into the fitness calculator and find out you only burned 50 calories, you think, "What good does 50 calories do me?"

But I have recently come to learn that every little bit does in fact help and it does make a difference in the long run.

I decided the only way I could fit in some sort of physical activity was to do it at work. When I went to the ladies room, before using the facilities, I would do some wide-leg squats, lunges, wall pushups, or leg abductions. Just one set of 15 at a time so the additional time spent away from my desk was minimal, but I still felt like I was doing something. I gradually started adding more reps and exercises to my repertoire, rotating through upper and lower body exercises, but still keeping the workouts short so I don't get sweaty at work and I'm not taking tons of huge breaks throughout the day. And in the past week, I have started power walking on my lunch break, too. I get an hour break, so I walk for 30 minutes and then come back and eat my lunch. I've even started doing things like fitting in a set of calf raises while standing in line at the grocery store. Do people think I'm nuts? Probably. But I'm not going to see them again any time soon, so what difference does that make? I'm doing this for me.

And I can see the difference. Yes, I have had to be consistent for four months now, but I can see the difference. I was walking down the street yesterday, for the first time in a LONG time not concerned with the size of my rear end. Yes, it is large. But it is a nice shape now that I'm not so embarrassed. I guess the best way I can put it is that I'm getting to a place where I look really good in clothes. If I keep this up, hopefully I'll get to a place where I look good out of them, too.

So keep it up, guys. Even if you start with just ten squats a day, if you stick with it, you will see results.

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