Sunday, August 9, 2009


Did you know that you can "reduce your risk of major disease and improve your quality of life" in just 10 minutes a day of moderate exercise? Do you need to hear more? This is from a brief column in the Parade Magazine of August 9, 2009.

Just 10 minutes a day? Can that be possible? Yep! If you've been around here long, you've read my pleas for just 15-20 minutes a day - but starting with just 1 or 2 minutes a day if you've never done any sort of physical activity (since your hopscotch days, anyway) and/or you're just 'out of shape'. Start small but think big! Work a little bit a day til you've gotten to the 10 minute mark.

If you started of at 1 minute a day and worked your way up to 10 minutes a day, you KNOW you can get to 20 minutes a day. That's just 140 minutes a week or a tiny bit more than 2 hours. A week! Invested in nothing or no one but yourself! Definitely doable.

The science behind the 10 minutes a day is from research done by Dr. Tim church in Baton Rouge, LA. He states, "For sedentary individuals, the immediate health benefits are huge. We saw a change in waist size in just 70 minutes of moderate excercise such a s walking.....Short bouts of exercise can also affect how your body metabolizes blood sugar for up to 72 hours (Italics are mine.)......Walking a few minutes a day ...... will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, diabetes, and many other conditions."

No excuses. Get moving. Heat and humidity are no reason for slacking off. Go to the mall, the grocery store or the hardware store. Did you know that you can take your dog into Home Depot? Both of you can get in your walk.

Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.

1 comment:

Phil said...

I read that same article in Parade Magazine (8/9/09) this morning (8/11/09). I also like the following passage from the article.

"most Americans take approximately 5000 steps a day. Increasing that to 7000 or 8000 will further reduce the risk of disease."