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Exploring Womanhood > Mind, Body & Soul > Weight Loss & Fitness Channel > Fitness

Just 10 Minutes is All You Need - Really!
by Jenn Givler

You don't need to carve out hours a day for exercise.

Seriously! Did you know that three 10-minute shots of movement are just as beneficial as one 30-minute shot? A study from University of Virginia, and another from John's Hopkins found this to be true.

So instead of trying to add another 30 minute task to your already hectic schedule, why not do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 at lunch, and 10 in the evening?

And, if you're already exercising regularly - why not add another 10 minute shot or two in during your day as a way to increase your time?

Easy ideas for 10 minute sessions:

Walking - You could walk around your block in 10 minutes, or around the parking lot at work. Or, why not walk at the park while your kids are playing? Or, walk behind your kids when they ride bikes.

Jumping rope - this is something you can do with or without an actual jump rope. If you don't have the jump rope, or you want to jump rope inside, just do the motions with your hands. Now, if you're just getting back into movement, you might want to alternate jumping rope and marching in place - jumping rope is awesome cardio activity, but it can be a little intense.

Circuit Train - All circuit training is, is alternating different activities during a period of time. You can do cardio circuits or you can do strength circuits, or you can do a combination of both.

Try any of these ides: Running (in place or on a trail or the road), jumping jacks, hamstring curls, lunges.

Push-ups, sit-ups, squats, kicks to the front, kicks to the side.

Alternate pretending to sit in a chair (deep squats) with raising up on your tip toes, side leg lifts, plie slides.

Move while you watch - OK TV junkies, why not get up and move during your favorite show? If your TV is within view of the steps, try walking up a down a few times. Try one of the circuit suggestions above.

Play Time - go out in the yard and play with the kids. Try Frisbee, catch, jump rope, hopscotch - even tag!

Make sure during your 10 minute sessions, you're getting your heart rate up, and you feel out-of-breath. Even though it's only 10 minutes, you still need to challenge yourself to get the benefits.

Jenn GivlerAbout the Author:
Jenn Givler helps women break their fitness hiatus. If you're feeling the nudge to get moving, but you aren't sure where to start, Jenn can help. Check out her web site for tips, ideas, fun ways to move and nutrition information: http://JGivlerFitness.com.


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