as i was cleaning my house over the weekend, I started sifting through some of the old workout DVDs in my collection. (clearly i’ve amassed quite a selection…)
my previous job had required a great deal more travel than the position i’m currently in, and at the time, i found it hard to squeeze in a workout between the travel, late nights, and early mornings. being on the road and working for a company in the food service industry didn’t always lend itself to healthy eating either…
so…i had a rather extensive collection of DVDs that i would take along with me and play through my laptop. everything from TaeBo to Pilates to Yoga and Lotte Berk– all great workouts too! while dusting them off, i was laughing at some of the titles (Hip Hugger Abs…High Round Assets…), and memories they brought up…(Kels- one particular visit to VA Wesleyan College comes to mind…)
i realized though, that in today’s day and age of the P90X’s and Insanity workouts, that people are all too quick to dismiss the benefits of what can be done in just 10-20 minutes.
we all remember that hitchhiker scene in the movie Something About Mary…”Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin’ there, there’s 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?”
…we joke about it, sure, but studies have actually shown that just ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last at least an hour…and the more fit you are, the more benefits you might be receiving. so, despite the movies and media making it a punchline, i’ve learned not to snub my nose at the 10 minute workouts. you shouldn’t either. we’re all busy and if all we can squeeze in today is a 10 minute run or a 15 minute walk for the dog, we shouldn’t feel bad or dismiss it because we don’t feel that it’s enough; we’re still doing something good for ourselves and our bodies…and that should be applauded!
so check out this tongue-in-cheek take on exercises that can be done in the office from The Washington Post…and don’t laugh if you see your co-worker doing a few ‘raise the roofs’, ‘hulks’, or ‘jump squats’ in his cube…he could just be trying to squeeze his 10 minutes in for the day 😉