Every exercise prescription professional out there, including myself will tell you that you need 30 minutes of moderate exercise several times a week to keep you healthy. Well, tell that to a single mom, a stay at home mom, a working mom, or any mom you who has all the things hanging over her head (laundry, dishes, entertainment, kids activities/appointments, meals, work obligations, you name it, you can list it here). Tell her that she also needs to fit in 30 minutes of exercise. Ha! Some are able and do it well and others, many others, have a hard time.

 

Being in the health, wellness and exercise business has me thinking constantly about how to help women exercise. How to get them moving well, and make it doable and worth it. So, I came up with the idea of doing a 10 minute teaser challenge. Exercise 10 minutes at a time, a minimum of 3 times per week for 28 days. 

 

Would it work? I don’t know. The only real way to know was to try. So, try I did. 

 

I created four 10 minute Pilates-based videos that I posted each week of the challenge. I did this so they would have something different to work with week to week. The first week was a video that addresses multiple areas of the body. The second week was legs, the third was core (at their request) and the final video was arms.  

 

I am being totally transparent here, a lot of people didn’t complete the challenge for a variety of reasons, but I had a handful of women who committed and they benefited greatly from it. Here are some of the things that were improved due to the challenge:

 

  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Confidence
  • Sense of well-being
  • Exercise competency
  • Flexibility
  • Concentration 
  • Sleep
  • Mental health

 

Ummm….yeah. You just read that. Not everyone experienced all of those improvements, but take it this way, those that did commit, experienced some combination of these improvements in their health and well-being. Just by exercising for 10 minutes at a time. That is a big deal. 

 

Remember, movement is medicine. My philosophy is that when life is hectic and it feels hard to find time for our self-care, 10 minutes is enough, for now. Keep moving mamas, you can do it.