I was asked the question of what exercise goals I give patients at the start. Now first, you have to remember that my patients are all morbidly obese and often have joint pain along with other barriers to exercise. That being said, my initial exercise goal for patients is 2+ times per week for 10+ minutes.
Most of you are thinking why even bother because 10 minutes twice a week isn't really going to be that beneficial. However, if I can get patients into the mindset of intentional exercise then I am creating a foundation that can be built on. My patients know that this first goal isn't going to be enough long term, but they also know that if they can achieve this short term goal then they will continue to be successful.
The other reason for starting small is for compliance. My patients are much more likely to find the time to meet this small goal and be motivated to achieve this goal because it is attainable. If you don't typically exercise and all of a sudden someone is asking you to train for a marathon, you're probably more likely to throw in the towel. This small goal also allows patients to realize that exercise can fit into a lifestyle, even when time is limited. If they are able to find 10 minutes a couple times a day/week to do some form of exercise then they are far better off.
So get moving today and give yourself some small goals for success!
What are your favorite workouts to perform in 10 minutes or less?