Getting in shape is usually the first thing a person will or
want to focus on when they say “I need to lose weight” or “That is it! I’m
starting my diet on Monday.”
Let me ask you, “Have you started an excise program that didn’t last long?” Maybe a week, a month or even season? Then winter hits and your
habit of excise is left behind?
It is so hard because life gets busy. We get distracted and lose motivation with our once perfect exercise plan. We get bored, tired, and sometimes we just
need a break and that is definitely necessary, too. But to find your balance in fitness and make exercise a consistent part of you week, we need to keep it simple.
So let’s break it down . . . take those baby steps . . .
Now, if you are not used to doing 20 to 30 minutes of exercise, I would not recommend making a goal of 45 minutes for five times a week. Let’s find ways to fit it into your schedule and most importantly – find what YOU LIKE TO DO! It could be going for a walk or jogging while listening to an audio book or podcast. Or maybe catching up on your favorite show while on the treadmill. Do what works for you!
I am excited to share with you a simple monthly exercise plan that starts your excise plan off with just 10-minutes five times a week. That is it! I love to say – “It is only 10-minutes! I can do this!”
My plan features three cardio 10-minute workouts and two strength training 10-minute workouts for the week. I don’t care when you do them, you can do them Monday through Friday or take Wednesdays off and get a workout in on Saturday.
This plan is designed specifically for beginners, however, for those of you that already have a consistent exercise plan in place. This may be a great way to increase your fitness with just a little more cardio or strength in a short amount of time.
Let’s say, you are walking 30-minutes on most days during the week and it is going great. This is where you can add on 10 extra minutes a couple times a week with some heart-pumping HIIT or maybe a little strength training. A great place to start or step up your game in overall fitness.
Our bodies get used to the type of exercise we consistently do over time and if you want to increase overall fitness, it is a good idea to switch things up a bit about every six to eight weeks.
As you gradually get used to adding in 10-minutes per day, the upcoming weeks are increased a little more each week. We start with 10-minutes and head to 12-minutes, then move to 15-minutes and finally hit the 20-minute mark of cardio and strength training. Feel free to move up to the next week and increase time or stay in the time frame that suits you, enjoy!