Got 10 Minutes? Try These Shorter Workouts That Can Be As Effective As Longer Ones

by A Diet Community

Sure, it’s a great thing if you have a couple hours free to take a long walk or bike ride, but how often do you really have time to do that?

For most people, it’s much easier to find ways to get a little exercise all day long instead of trying to find a whole hour where you don’t have something else that needs your attention.

The University of Pittsburgh completed a study that showed that doing three 10-minute segments of exercise has the same impact on your health and fitness as a single 30-minute workout.

Here is a list of activities that you can do in just 10 minutes.

They are perfect for doing:

  • Before you leave for work
  • Over your lunch hour
  • While watching tv
  • When waiting for dinner to cook
  • If you get something else done early!

Resistance Bands

Keep resistance bands on your kitchen counter, on a coffee table, or hidden behind the pillows on your couch.

Workout DVD

Keep a workout DVD in your DVD player at all times.  All you have to do is hit Play and you’re ready to go.

It will be a lot easier to get started if you know you’re only doing 10 minutes instead of having to find time for the whole thing.

Extra tip: 

If you have a DVR, record your favorite programs but delay watching them for 10 minutes.  Instead of sitting down to watch tv at 8:00, workout for 10 minutes, then watch your show and fast forward through the commercials!

If you watch tv during prime-time each evening and delay the start of each show for 10 minutes of exercise, you will have your 30 minutes done by the end of the night!

If you don’t have a DVR, use the same concept during commercials.

Other Living Room Workouts

Instead of doing an exercise DVD, keep yoga mat on your living room floor and do 10 minutes of yoga before your favorite show starts.

You can do the same thing with:

Take a Walk

Sometimes it can be hard to embark on a walk because you feel like you have to go for  long way to accomplish anything.  Now, you can just map out a course that will take 10 minutes and it will be easier to get started.

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

A mini trampoline is a great way to get in a quick 10-minute burst of exercise.  Put one in your kitchen and bounce away while you’re waiting for dinner to cook or for the coffee to finish brewing.

Don’t Have 10 Full Minutes?

Although we’ve been talking about doing these types of exercises in 10-minute bursts, don’t avoid them if you don’t have 10 full minutes.

Even if you only have 2-3 minutes free, take advantage of those few minutes.   All of those minutes will add up!

How to Make These a Habit

In a perfect world, you could just tell yourself to do these types of exercises anytime you have a few extra minutes.

However, in reality, the “out of sight, out of mind” concept definitely applies.

  • When you’re starting with these, leave the equipment in a place where you can’t miss it.  If that doesn’t help, use sticky notes to remind yourself.
  • It may be inconvenient at first to walk around the equipment, but it will be a constant reminder to use it anytime you have a few extra minutes.
  • Leave the trampoline set up on your kitchen floor, put a note on your tv remote control or on the screen of the tv, leave the resistance bands on the counter.
  •  Do whatever it takes to constantly remind yourself to look for opportunities to improve your health and fitness levels.

Do you have any questions about any of these workouts?

Are there other tips you can add to the list?

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