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Ten minutes at a time.

on January 31, 2013

I don’t have time to work out. I can’t with the kids. I am too tired. I don’t have the money to join a gym. I can’t run. I don’t like classes.

There are MANY more I have heard. So many people will message me with pleas for help with getting in shape or losing weight and as soon as I talk about activity they shut down. The thing is that being active is so much more than losing weight. It’s feeling better, it’s discovering your limits and the pushing them, it’s learning about your body in new and really exciting ways. Movement translates to energy, happiness, confidence. It transcends weight loss, it honestly does. Also, you can do it in as little as 30 minutes 3 times a week. Of course the more you do – the faster and better all of those results will happen. The next thing is this, those 30 minutes do not have to happen at the same time. Now, for heart health you want cardio (even light walking) that last 30-60 minutes, but as far as energy and toning and feeling better and burning calories – well, there is no all-at-once rule. In fact, you burn the most calories per minute in the beginning when your body is revving up – not once it hits tempo. So often a quick (yet as hardcore as you can do it) ten minute work out three or more times a day can actually be very effective!

Personally for my quick workouts I love to hoop with a weighted hoop and I have read that hooping burns 7-10 calories a minute so 3 ten minute sessions a day could equal 210-300 calories burned. Over time I have gotten to a place where I can do squats and crunches and other things while I hoop so I get a real workout and IT’S FUN!!! I also love Zumba and there are certain routines I adore and have put to songs I love and will drop and do a Zumba song or three through out my day!

Here is another idea:155655730840802552_vWppIzWh_c

Start with one song (generally 3-4 minutes) and build up to doing three songs at a time! Easy and you could fit that anywhere in your day!


One response to “Ten minutes at a time.

  1. KaySmart1010 says:

    Thank you for being You!!! Your helping so many people….. you are just so genuinely Real and I love it….. Im going to try switching it up a bit with these workouts….. ps i stole some of ya previous quotes lol (“if your tired of starting over, stop giving up”…) i really needed that!!! ttyl. ~ Kay~

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