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Short Workouts are Better than None!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

We've all heard the recommendations...as you get stronger, increase the weights/intensity/miles/durati
on. Recently, I let this advice work against me. Rather than being encouraged, I reacted by feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. I ran a half marathon some time ago. So many people are running marathons, do I need to do that next? I just don't have the time or desire to do that right now. I finished one workout program that was 30 minutes a day, does that mean I need to move on to one that requires 45-60 minutes even if it doesn't fit into my day? Over time I nearly stopped running, and became inconsistent with strength training. Well I'm back and it feels good. I'm starting very slowly, running only two miles 3 times a week and working on a new strength program.

You know what? Even 10 minutes of strength training can make you stronger and a 30 minute walk will make you feel happier. If you are able to work longer & harder, that's great. Remember the best exercise for you is one that you can and will keep on doing. When I am discouraged, I go back to where I started; Nicole's New You Bootcamp Workouts. They get me back on track.

How do you get back on tract?
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    I think it is important to do what is best for you! Congratulations on running a half marathon! Be sure to listen to your body. emoticon emoticon
    2534 days ago
    You are totally right! Even short workouts can help us gain strength and keep us from losing what we've gained in progress. Doing nothing because we say we don't have enough time for a longer workout is very self defeating. Great job and great blog!
    3267 days ago
    This is so true! We all need to remember this and not be discouraged if we can't do more exercise. More is not always better. Consistency is important. Like SPARKGUY says, even 10 fitness minutes a day is a good thing.

    I'm glad you're back on track. Thank you for writing this blog.
    3267 days ago
    You're right..and I totally disagree w/ whoever said that....duration doesn't matter..it's what you do with the time you have!
    3267 days ago
    I like this blog!!

    I get back on track one step at a time. There are different reasons I fall off the wagon and different things that encourage me back on the wagon, especially when it comes to exercise. Similar to yourself, I think we need to listen to our bodies, start slowly and build on what feels right.

    3267 days ago
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