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10 minutes is all it takes!

10 minutes

There is much I could say about fitness and health. About stretching, Pilates and the benefits of training.

First though I would like to talk about motivation and consistency. Usually when you think of exercise or training you think of hours spent in the gym or out running, maybe it's playing a sport or just walking the dog. These activities can take time and are only beneficial when you do them on a regular basis. So how do you make sure you're working consistently.

The most important part of getting fit and healthy is developing routines and keeping at it. With that in mind I want to share with you a little secret of mine. I came across it almost by accident. I was very busy but I didn't want to give up my hobbies, like singing, guitar, juggling, learning languages. So I set aside 10mins a day to do them. That's all, 10 mins.

Every day I'd do a little bit of revision, training or learning. Every day I'd build on what I had done the day before. Every day I'd be a little better than I was the day before. With consistency I learned, improved or maintained each of these things. And then maybe once or twice a week, if I could, I'd take 30mins to work on it a little more indepth. Some days I would miss training but I wouldn't beat myself up, I'd just get back to it the next day.

Now if you are aiming for a specific weight/fitness for a specific date then you need to put in a little bit more time and effort but you've already got your extra motivation. And with most things 30mins three times a week is closer to ideal. But with 10mins, over time you will see the difference.

It's about building a routine and helping yourself to stay on track. In relation to exercise it could be 10mins in the morning, a short walk, a few push ups and squats. You can make room for 10mins, and if you have a little more time do a little more. When you start to see the benefits that will be your motivation.

Try it for two weeks and see what happens. To steal a line from Tim Ferriss, 'You can do anything for two weeks'. They say it takes 10 days to build a habit, so even if you miss a day or two you've already laid the foundation for your success.

It can be exercise but it could also be reading, writing, drawing, hula hooping. Whatever it is give it a try and let me know how you get on.

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