Who Needs Cross-Fit? Five Minutes Is All You Need
29 September 26, 2013
Snack Girl recently heard about a gym that charges $160 per month for something called "Cross-Fit".
For that kind of money, all sorts of things better get fit. Wowza.
Many of us think we need to do something extreme to get fit, but I disagree. A pal of mine asked me how to get fit and I found myself saying, "Start with five minutes."
Most of us think that if we didn't go to the gym, sweat for an hour lifting strange objects or run like a gerbil - we didn't work out. And some of us, ahem, just give up THINKING about the gym and the gerbils.
That person is already overwhelmed before she even starts! A personal trainer friend told me about five minutes. She was helping me get back on track after having spent too many hours in a library consuming M&M's and sitting on my butt.
Yes, I had stopped moving and I couldn't conceive of what it would take to get me in any sort of shape where I felt good again. So, five minutes.
I put on my watch, walked out my door, and walked for 2.5 minutes away from my house and then I walked 2.5 minutes back to my house. I committed to doing this every other day for a week.
Then, the next week I committed to 10 minutes (5 away and 5 back). The third week of walking included 15 minutes - and then I noticed something profound.
I felt like walking!
If you had asked me before I started my five minutes - "Do you want to walk today?" - I would have said, "No way, I want to sit on this couch and turn on the boob tube."
After a couple of weeks of doing just a WEE bit of exercise - I felt like getting off the couch. More importantly, if I took a day off from my walk - I missed it!
Recently, a study was published on the effect of a wee bit of exercise on people in Taiwan (see 15 minutes of Daily Exercise Can Help).
The study found those who exercised just 15 minutes a day — or 90 minutes a week — cut their risk of death by 14 percent and extended their life expectancy by three years compared with those who did no exercise.
Yes, I want three more years of life. And, yes, I can find 90 minutes a week for exercise!
The message is that any physical activity is better than ZERO physical activity. We all have our excuses for not being fit - time and money are the most prevalent.
You see, I don't have $160 a month for "Cross-Fit", and I don't have an hour a day to exercise there anyway.
I DO have shoes and 15 minutes, though.
Please share your thoughts on time, money, and exercise.
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