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Get a Good Workout in 10 Minutes or Less

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Once a New Year rolls in, it is inevitably harder to get a treadmill at the gym, diet pills go on sale at the drug store and fitness gurus rule the late nights hawking their DVDs on infomercials.

Something about the calendar turning over gives many Americans reason enough to believe this is going to be the year for getting in shape.

By February (or even earlier) though many weight loss and fitness resolutions are lost because of poor planning. 

Sometimes it is just the time commitment that causes people to give up and give in to the comfort that is their couch.

However, it doesn't have to be that way. Working out doesn't have to take a huge part of the day. In fact, just focusing 10 minutes a day on fitness can make a big difference in one's overall all health.

Good Housekeeping magazine offers some good quick workouts that can be done pretty much anywhere with no special equipment:

For a firmer butt: stand in front of a chair with arms straight out in front for balance. Bending at the knees, gently lower the whole body in one smooth, slow motion until one's butt grazes the chair seat, but do not sit down. Slowly stand back up to full height.  

Repeat 12 to 15 times or try to see how many can be done in 2, 5, or 10 minutes. This is a great lower body workout but is especially good for one's backside.

To increase focus and challenge leg muscles: run backwards and forward in an interval. This can easily be done indoors or on a safe outdoor path or green space.  

Just run 10 steps forward, and then run 10 steps backwards. This quick workout sounds simple but it can challenge rarely used muscles and it quite literally keeps one on her toes. 

To leisurely burn calories: bike. Hate to sweat? Think that a good calorie-burning routine has to involve breathless panting and a real deodorant test? Not so.

According to Good Housekeeping magazine, biking at a comfortable rate burns about 380 calories per hour. Do it 20 times out of the next 30 days to lose over two pounds!

To burn calories fast: jump rope! Channel one's inner 10 year old, buy a jump rope and go at it. Fitness Magazine says a jump rope workout can sculpt shoulders, arms, chest, and legs.

They have a very specific jump rope workout that will burn 135 calories...in only 10 minutes!

The bottom line for getting in shape is that even short workouts are better than no workouts. Getting in a few minutes of exercise each day can make those New Year's resolutions actually come true this year. 


Goodhousekeeping.com. Web. 2 January 2012. "Mini-workouts". http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/mini-workouts

Fitnessmagazine.com. Web. 2 January 2012. "Express jump rope workouts". http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/express/jump-rope-workouts

Reviewed January 3, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

Add a Comment5 Comments

HERWriter Blogger

Thanks! I love the idea of incorporating exercise into daily activities. I believe that doing something is always better than dong nothing at all. If ou don't have the time to do a full workout, just do what you can and try to do better the next day. Sometimes we expect too much of ourselves!

January 17, 2012 - 12:15pm

Love the tips.  Thanks so much for sharing!

January 5, 2012 - 12:30pm

Great blog!  To have a healthy lifestyle we cannot put unreasonable expectations on ourselves.  If we just do not have time(or feel we don't) to exercise, we can incorporate some of the daily activities we do as our plan such as picking up our children and doing some lifts and twists with them in our arms.  One thing our nation seems to be obsessed with is TV.  Put your exercise machine in the room and do both at the same time and see the results! 

January 5, 2012 - 11:56am

Great post! Just saw your blog too, very cool!!

January 4, 2012 - 9:39am
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