Fitness in Just 10 Minutes a Day

What’s the minimum amount of exercise you need to be fit and healthy? The answer really depends on the person, their genetics, and their lifestyle. Most experts say that you need 30 to 60 minutes of cardio and/or strength training per day for optimal fitness. I’m not going to tell you that exercising for an hour a day won’t help you – experts say it helps tremendously! However, it is possible to accomplish great things in a shorter amount of time – even 10 minutes a day.

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For those of us who have to ease our way back into an exercise routine (notice that I used the word “us”), even ten minutes a day of exercise can open the door to a healthier lifestyle. Ten minutes a day this week can turn into fifteen minutes a day next week, and 20 minutes a day the week after that. 

So what’s the easiest way to get those ten minutes in?

Spread it throughout the day.

Squeeze in 2 minutes of exercise at 9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm. Even the biggest couch potato can get up and exercise for two minutes during a commercial!

What exercises are best?

Assuming that you’re reading this because you’re out of shape, start with something simple. Put one foot in front of the other and get walking!  You can do it at any time and anywhere. When you’re home in front of the TV, get down on the floor and do some crunches during commercials. Pop in a video game and play Just Dance with the kids. There are so many ways to get in some quick physical activity!

Focus on exercises that strengthen your core. The core muscles aid in posture, digestion, and overall physical fitness. Because it’s impossible to strengthen your core without “accidentally” benefiting other muscle groups, core exercises help your entire body. Before you know it, you’ll be trading in that muffin top for a 6 pack!

Choose exercises that are fun. Trust me when I tell you that I’m not a fan of exercise. My treadmill is in front of a television set, because that’s the only way I’d actually use it! Thanks to Amazon Prime and Netflix, I almost forget I’m exercising! (Almost.)

The key to weight loss and fitness is to start now. If you only have two minutes, then two minutes it is. Today, two minutes, tomorrow, three. 6 months from now? You’ll be running circles around your friends and family. It all starts with just ten minutes a day. 

 


 

14 Comments

  1. Amanda Whitley

    January 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    great tips.. i have no problem dieting but hate working out so i think the tip to spread it out is good for me.

  2. Marie Moody

    January 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm

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  3. Amber Ludwig

    January 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Love this!! Such an awesome start!! Anytime you can squeeze it in is nothing but beneficial!!

  4. Richard Brandt

    January 15, 2018 at 1:57 am

    I like to keep fit but nowadays I seem more pressed for time than ever; thanks for this!

  5. Laurie Emerson

    January 16, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I am not great at keeping fit but I know I can do 10 minutes a day! Thank you for posting this.

  6. Juanita May

    January 17, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Great article, and seems like something most people could do.

  7. Stephanie Grant

    January 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    These are some very helpful tips, I’m especially fond of the spacing them out throughout the day!

  8. Dynal Roberson

    January 17, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Ten minutes a day I can do, much more just depends on the day!

  9. Jennifer H.

    January 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I like doing short amounts. It makes it easier.

  10. Amanda Saltsman

    January 17, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Just Dance is a for real work out in its self lol

    1. Stephanie `Sandstone

      January 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

      I agree! Just dance has Just kicked my butt a few times!

  11. Richard Hicks

    January 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Getting in better shape is a new years resolution for me. Some really useful info here!

  12. Meme

    January 17, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    What a great way to exercise each day with out really doing much. 2 minutes 5 times a day i can do that and keep my new tears resolution. Thanks

  13. Trisha McKee

    January 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    This is such great advice! At work, I started walking during lunch. A lot of hills and now i can do it without a break!

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