Do you feel busier than ever? Is your stress level high and your energy level low? Can you carve out 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!
Our number 1 excuse is that we don’t have enough time to exercise.
But what if I told you there is good scientific research stating that as little as 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference?
That’s good news!
Good news because we all have 10 minutes in our day for a little bit of exercise.
“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.” Professor Ulf Ekelund, head of a research team at Cambridge University.
Just a nice stroll makes a difference!
“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’, says Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State.
One of my best stress reducers is a brisk walk. My husband Don and I walk outside in the nice weather.
In the cold of winter we walk in the Mall.
When I don’t walk with Don, I do Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs.
I own dozens of them, from beginner 1 mile to advanced 5-mile walks. Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager.
There are no crazy dance steps, just walking steps.
She has real women like us walk with her. 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.
This is another post you might like from August. Find the fun activity that is best for you.
Today’s little step: Find 10 minute 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
There’s not really any secret to getting healthy. It’s a lot of little steps!
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