No Time for the Treadmill? You Only Need Ten Minutes!
How often have you put off working out or going for a run on the treadmill because you just didn’t have an hour to set aside for exercising? Many women often think that if they can’t set aside an entire evening for working out then there’s no point in doing anything. In truth, you really only need a small amount of time, even just ten minutes, to give yourself a good workout and to get yourself into shape.
One thing to remember about working out even for just ten minutes is that those ten minutes are definitely better than nothing! In that time you can get your heart pumping and will work your lungs, and can increase circulation enough to feed your muscles and internal organs. Ten minutes on the treadmill can make up for hours sitting at a desk or in front of the television, and can also keep your joints lubricated and loose.
A short time on the treadmill can also give you more energy. It’s easy to think that if you have no energy, you should sit and rest, but often low energy levels are because of inactivity. When you’re inactive your metabolism goes down, so you have less energy. When you exercise, your metabolism rises; along with the increase in blood circulation, this gives you more energy. Often it’s good to tell yourself that you’ll just spend 10 minutes on a treadmill and then see if you feel like exercising more once you’ve done that. You may be surprised at how much energy you have after just those 10 minutes, and how much more energy you have during the day.
Another consideration for spending just a few minutes on the treadmill every day is that you can increase its effectiveness by changing up your routine. Walking at a slow pace won’t burn many calories or train your muscles, but if you run outright for this time, you’ll get stronger and burn calories. Most treadmills have an incline feature so you can increase this to better work your muscles and firm up your backside.
A great way to change up your routine to build muscle and increase stamina is to change your workout regularly for those few minutes. Walk for one minute to warm up, then run as fast as you can for two minutes, then walk for two minutes, then increase the incline and resistance and pace to something moderately challenging, then repeat this cycle. Your body won’t get accustomed to your workout which makes it work harder so you build muscle and burn calories. Use all these tips and you’ll see that even ten minutes on the treadmill, when done regularly and in a challenging way, will give you much benefit.