10 and 10


Last week my boss, Susie, came to San Francisco to work with myself and my team. One of the busiest, hardest working people I know, she’s also an awesome teacher, a positive coach, and tireless cheerleader. She’s a mom and wifey too. In an after-work dinner convo, I turned into her Ayurvedic counselor (cause I am) and suggested that she take more time for herself because she gives so much out! We started yapping about time (or lack of), momhood, work priorities and we both griped that we didn’t have enough time to exercise as much as we would like. It bummed us out because we love to do it, but our time is so limited (jee, sound familiar to anyone else?). I have a couple DVDs that I do, but only a couple times a week, not daily.

She said, “There were two times I can think of when I was in really good shape. One, was right before my wedding (when I trained her and taught fitness classes in our office – ha!) and the other, was years back when I just did 10 minutes of cardio a day. Just 10 minutes…and I ate less too.”

Inspired, this weekend I took my dog Blossom on a quick run instead of a walk. And by quick run, it was 10 minutes. Her doggie face was happily panting and I actually had some sweat beads on my nose. I told Susie on Monday that I did 10 minutes of cardio the past two days, and would she like to join me on my crusade to cardio? She accepted, but then she threw in 10 push ups too. Dang it! Overachiever. Ok fine, so 10 minutes and 10 pushups a day.

I have to say, I LOVE IT! It’s not hard AND it gives me a warm up in case I have to sprint to the train! The point of all this is, take baby steps, but CONSISTENT baby steps toward your goal. If all I can muster is 10 minutes and 10 pushups, then I’m going to do it. Without fail, daily. The other thing that is helpful is to have a buddy. We know that when we have a buddy, we are more likely to be accountable for new habits we are trying to form. So now we send IM chats at work, “10 and 10! Done!” or “10! and I still have to do 1o.” or “I did 10 sets of squats 10 times and sometimes held my daughter…does that count for cardio?” To which I responded, “Yes and you will probably not be able to walk tomorrow (overachiever.)” ;)

What do you think about our little crusade to cardio? Do you have any mini crusades you can take on? We would all love to hear your creative ideas to life-enhancement! xo

11 Responses to 10 and 10

  1. Marcia says:

    I love this. I already run pretty often, but find it harder to fit in yoga or strength training. I recently started doing 10 Sun Salutations every morning. It takes me 10-15 minutes and after less than two months I can see a big difference in my upper body strength and flexibility. It even healed a shoulder injury! Not to mention that it’s a great way to start my day feeling both balanced and energized!

    • Monica says:

      Awesome, Marcia! And YAY for healing your own body. 10 Sun salutations – great great great! Do I have to rename this post now to “10 10 and 10”? ;)

  2. Sarah says:

    10 minutes of rebounding (trampoline) is a good time.

  3. Lois Kubota says:

    Hi Monica. I love this idea. I get so disappointed when I can’t get in my 45 minutes everyday (I walk the neighbors dog and go nordic walking usually) but heck why not 10 minutes. I can usually find that when I don’t have time for my 45! Thanks for the idea.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Lois! Right?!! ME TOO! I have my 45 minute workouts which I love beyond all measure but with our new lifestyle (2 hour commute and kid) it’s HARD to get that in! Rather than be down about it, I’d rather just do a leeeeeetle something about it :) Hope you had a super weekend!

  4. Mary says:

    This makes great sense. I think there are a lot of ten minute workout videos on the market for this exact reason — not everyone can devote an hour daily to exercise, but everyone can squeeze in ten minutes! Unfortunately, I wish that lifting my fork constituted cardio, but I guess if I have to do something else, ten minutes of running isn’t so bad.

  5. Becca says:

    Like Tmoney, we have walking meetings whenever it is feasible. We also started a ‘dance party’ at our last office party. So fun!

  6. Tmoney says:

    Great idea! At work we do “talk and walk” meetings. It’s a great way to get the mind and body moving after sitting and looking at a screen for too long!

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