So I blogged the other day on Time, and I said that no, you really don’t need an hour straight, all together…that you could break it up into chunks if that fits your lifestyle, time restraints better. I said that you could work out 6 times a day for 10 minutes each time if that works better…but what does a 10 minute workout look like?
Is it, walking around the house for 10 minutes? It could be.
Is it running the stairs in your house for 10 minutes straight? It could be.
How are these the same but different?
Lets look at YOU. Whats your current activity level? Do you currently have an activty level of 2? On a scale of 1-10, are you a 2? Is most of your day spent doing nothing? Do you laze in bed, or on the couch and only get up for the 2 minutes to go pee or get more food? If so, then getting up off the couch for 10 minutes doing ANYTHING but sitting on your BUTT will be a workout! It will bring your activity level to atleast a 6/10. Do I want an 8/10 from you? ABSOLUTELY, does that need to be for all 10 minutes? NOPE! but for 5 of those 10 minutes, I want you to feel like you are working REALLY HARD!! Like an 8 out of 10 hard.
So now your asking, “ok, but, what heart rate am I trying to achieve?” To which my answer is…”it doesn’t matter!!” I want you to feel like you are just about ready to not be able to go any harder! And guess what, in a week, what you accomplished today will feel like a 5! So you can push yourself again!
Other factors will always play into how you feel to. Did you eat enough? Did you eat too much of the wrong things? Have you drank enough water today? Were you up blogging all night? Did your baby keep you up? There are so many things that will make the 6, feel like an 8 some days and that’s ok! That’s why I ask you to go by feeling and not by heart rate!
So getting back to our original question….what does a 10 minute workout look like?
It looks like anything you can do for 10 minutes, while working hard enough for at least 5 of those 10 minutes feeling like you are pushing yourself as hard as you can. It could be a 10 minute walk around the house, or it could be running the stairs….or it could be a combination of both! It could be 1 minutes of walking and 1 minute of stairs, repeated a few times, or it could be 2 minutes of walking, followed by 5 minutes of stairs, then back to 3 minutes of walking again.
Go, get active and enjoy 60 minutes of physical activity everyday…whichever means it takes for you to get that activity in!