Why a 10-Minute Workout Is All You Need To Be Healthier

We’re almost at the end of the year again and I know that most of you are already reflecting on your resolutions and trying your best to set “realistic” health and wellness goals. Ideally, we want to be healthier next year than we were last year, but we’ve all had our own reasons why things like this aren’t always very easy to achieve.

Health isn’t the easiest to maintain. We have time constraints, money, professional and social aspects of life that hinder us from going to the gym regularly or working out more than once a week. But let me just clarify to all of you that next year, it doesn’t have to be an extremely sweat-inducing hour of workout for four to five times a week. Why? Let’s be honest, the more we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, the more the goals are harder to achieve. After a week or so of constant working out, the more it feels exhausting to our already busy schedules and the more it gets harder to do.

Positive Thinking

Why a 10-Minute Workout Is All You Need

At the end of the day, the feeling of having achieved something is good because it can motivate you to try again tomorrow. Which is why it’s okay to start with at least 10-minutes of workout daily. You won’t feel guilty for letting your health fail because you know that 10-minutes aren’t really that much compared to an hour daily. Always choose a workout style that is engineered to work for a short period of time if you really can’t fit an hour. With that, you can still feel and see results. The quick yoga session that you do every morning can lead you to sit up straighter, at night you might be sleeping better because of your workout routine. There are studies that say that 10-minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise can significantly improve brain function. Plus, your mind and body don’t change overnight so if you choose to celebrate the small successes, you are setting yourself up to do better the next day.

Mind Over Body

Whenever you feel like you’re struggling to do your workout days, it’s more of a matter of the mind than the body. When you’re sitting there, thinking of a million reasons why today isn’t the day for you to start your workout, then you’re battling with the matters of the mind. Get yourself going and you’ll find the excuses less tempting. There are immediate benefits of working out and it’s not just about losing weight. Your mind becomes sharper, your self-esteem higher, deeper sleep, better mood, and a rosier glowing skin. Instead of coming up with a million reasons not to work out, redirect that feeling into something positive.

Forming Habits

Why a 10-Minute Workout Is All You Need

They say that it can take about 21 days to form a habit. When in reality and on a scientific basis, it takes less than 21 days and everyone will have different results. On an average, it takes about 2 months or 66 days for a healthy habit to stick.

Now, ask yourself. Is it really realistic to commit to 3 to 4 one hour classes for 2 months? Especially when it involves travel and enough time to shower before work? It can be a yes to most people, but not for all. Success hinges on setting the right expectations for yourself. If you keep on making plans and resolutions that don’t stick, you might want to opt for something a little smaller for starters. If you miss a day, don’t be too hard on yourself. Move on and keep up the next day.

There’s a wide variety of fitness materials that are highly available online these days. All you need is either your smartphone, TV, a computer and your body and you can improve your fitness levels for the upcoming years. Nobody is expecting you to lift a hundred pounds or win a 5k run. Instead, you can focus on taking care of the body you have now by using baby steps to get there. Find a work out that you love and enjoy. Maybe 10-minutes won’t be enough if you’re really having fun!

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20 Comments

  • Tiffany Perkins says:

    I think you’re right. I easily get discouraged when I don’t see results but the fact is, there are results but if it’s not what we’re looking for, we can easily stop working out and make up so many reasons not to. I think starting with 10 minutes is easier than an hour.

  • Kim Norris says:

    Definitely easier now that you’ve written this article. I feel weak if I get really tired within 10 minutes. I guess progress is still progress.

  • Olga Mack says:

    Another thing is to not be too hard on yourself when you’re just starting and you feel like you’re going nowhere. You have to appreciate even the smallest benefits that 10 minute workout has done for you.

    • Deanna Meyer says:

      I have the same issue. I feel like my professional life is getting in the way of my health.

    • Janet Lane says:

      Just like what the article said, 10 minutes will be enough despite our professional life.

  • After a week, it won’t be hard for you to keep telling yourself to workout. In my experience, it only took me a few days to get used to the energizing feeling of being able to sweat out. 😋

  • Katie Williams says:

    This makes me feel better. I feel like I beat myself up too much whenever I can’t work out daily. Now I understand that I don’t have to think like this. All I have to do is to keep pushing forward.

  • Anna Mckenzie says:

    I really appreciate reading this. I just started working out last week but I already feel like I’m going to give up. It’s so difficult to work around my schedule.

    • Lois Simmons says:

      Don’t give up! Find a workout that works best for you. There are 10 minute full body workouts in YouTube that you can try.😉

  • It all makes sense now. Maybe this is why I abruptly just stop working out. I feel like it’s so hard to sustain. I’m going to try again.👍

  • I don’t really want to pay for a gym subscription so I just bought a yoga mat and I follow workout videos on YT. Fitness is very easy to achieve because it’s highly available for us. No need for trainors or expensive memberships.

    • Louise Jones says:

      Gym isn’t even a requirement anymore. Even yoga sessions can be done at home, just make sure that if you’re a beginner you choose beginner vids to avoid injuries.

  • Doll Post says:

    I notoriously get bored with workouts but I can never justify not taking ten minutes out of my day to workout. It’s super effective and times flies! Right about when I start getting that “ugh” feeling, it’s over. Thanks for motivating me for getting my lazy bones moving!!

  • Jane Robinette says:

    You guys should try this it works 10 pushups 10 squats and 10 jumping jacks do it over and over again till you reach 10 minutes also drink enough water and be a little bit more active.

  • Lynette Theberge says:

    Guys keep in mind that you’ll only get results if you really want it. Doing these a couple times and then giving up won’t get you anywhere.

  • Andrea Kratochvil says:

    I just want to lose ten pounds but I keep giving up but if I try this 10-minute intense workout I think I can do it.

  • Laurie Borst says:

    I recommend this to people who want to lose some weight and most importantly stay fit. It is pretty effective as long as you do this every day.

  • Stefany Pham says:

    I am really busy I don’t have time to the gym or workout. I think these 10 minutes workouts would be the best idea and that way I won’t have to neglect my health.

  • Diana Scriven says:

    I am going to try some 10 minutes workouts for about 3 weeks, and if it does something I am gonna keep doing those exercise, if not I am searching for something different.

  • Elora Rousseau says:

    The 10 minutes workout is meant for people who are too busy to exercise. It gives you the mentality “it’s just 10 minutes so why not do it?” It’s also a way to break the habit for people who are having a hard time incorporating exercise in their routine.

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