All of the experts say that in order to lose weight and improve health, overweight people like us need to do 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity 5 times a week. Moderate to vigorous. Really? I can’t even walk down to the end of my driveway and back without being out of breath and in pain – how am I going to manage 30 minutes of even more intense activity? Maybe some of you reading know where I’m coming from. Maybe you’re sitting there – 300, 350, 400 lbs or more – thinking “I can’t do 30 minutes so why should I even bother?”
It’s true that I can’t do 30 minutes, but maybe I can do 10. Or maybe I can only do 5. Anything is better than nothing and if I can do 5 minutes today, maybe I can do 7 minutes tomorrow and maybe that 7 minutes will build up to 10 minutes next week and so on and so forth.
So here is the challenge:
Just dance for 10 minutes a day, everyday. That’s roughly 3 songs. If you can’t dance for 10 minutes straight (don’t worry, I can’t either) then take it one song at a time and take a break in between. It doesn’t matter how good of a dancer you are. Even if all you can do is stand there and step side-to-side, just enjoy yourselves! Remember, “dance like nobody’s watching”. Do it for a week and then come back and let me know how it went.
Don’t forget, it’s always best to check with your doctor before you start any new exercise.