Do you feel busier than ever? Is your stress level high and your energy level low? Can you carve out 10 minutes in your demanding day? Just 10 minutes of your crazy life that will reduce your stress, increase your metabolism, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood? What is the mystery 10-minute activity? It’s exercise!
We often use the excuse that we don’t have enough time to exercise. However, there is good scientific research stating that as little as 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference. I posted this way back in August and decided we all needed to be reminded.
Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State found that “when overweight or obese, sedentary women walked 10 minutes a day at a low speed, comparable to a stroll in the Mall, they increased their peak oxygen consumption- a measure of cardiovascular fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines.” Just a nice stroll makes a difference! We can do that, my friend!
Professor Ulf Ekelund, head of a research team at Cambridge University came to this conclusion, “a brisk daily 20-minute walk could reduce the risk of an early death by almost a third. This is a simple message – just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits. Physical activity should be an important part of our daily life.”
There you have it scientific research to support the importance of 10 minutes of exercise.
Here’s a quick fun little workout you can do on your lunch break and then again in the kitchen while dinner is cooking!
After many years of turning to food to ease my stress I have switched to walking outside as my best stress reducer. If I can do it so can you! I walk with my husband most evenings. We have winter walks along a wooded trail and during the other seasons our route takes us on streets along side a river. When we are unable to walk outside I enjoy walking DVDs.
I really like Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs I own dozens of them. There are no crazy dance steps, and she has real women like us walk with her. Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager. She has posted quite a few of her walks on YouTube. Click on this link for a beginner walk.
If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises. I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy and coordination and are all done in a chair. Click on this link to see her video which is about 8 minutes long.
With a few clicks on our computer or smart phone we will be all set and ready for a little bit of exercise.
At Camp #3 we are increasing our walk or exercise time to 20 minutes. If your schedule is crazy, break it down into two 10 minute sessions, it all makes a difference!
This is another post you might like from August. Find the fun activity that is best for you.
Today’s little step: Find two 10 minutes periods in your day to move your body. Find an activity you enjoy and do it!
Remember our core scripture verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation
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