I had fantastic ideas to publish at least twice this week, getting you excited to start the New Numbers Method, but then… computer troubles derailed my plans. a timetable with no breaks. What a perfect fit!

These unexpected occurrences pop up all the time in life. But I’m here now, and I’m prepared to explain everything to you in detail.

Everything that… A habit. A set pattern. A routine that is beneficial to you. In the subsequent twelve weeks, we are going to begin from wherever you are in terms of your fitness level and get you into the flow of doing whatever makes your heart sing, whether it be walking, jogging, practising yoga, or riding a bike. (If you’re beginning late, simply join in. No demerits.)

According to common knowledge, it takes anywhere from three to four weeks to form a new routine, so we’ll go with that as our starting point. On the other hand, we will not be boarding the fast train.

For the first four weeks, we’re going to complete the luxuriously manageable two-part 10-Minute Momentum:

  • two 10-minute cardio workouts 
  • one strength/core body workout

That’s it.

I can hear the screams of disbelief already. “But I’m not going to get in shape just doing 10 minutes a day! Impossible!”

Perceptive. The point this month is to get you moving without needing a huge time commitment or leaving you exhausted. I want you to see what an amazing boost you get from a small action.

If I suggested spending thirty minutes on anything, a lot of people would back out, saying there was no way they could find the time. It’s funny how once you give yourself permission to take just 10 minutes off, it’s simple to let the momentum carry you through to doing anything for 20 or 30 minutes.

On the other hand, I’m going to give you permission to slack off for ten minutes and tell you that it counts as a complete exercise. Ten minutes is really plenty of time, and if you can ingrain the idea that ten minutes is all you need into your belief system, you can use those ten brief minutes to enhance your well-being even during times of high stress and temptation.

And isn’t 10 minutes more than you’re probably doing right now?

I know we’ve all heard the advice that it takes at least 25-30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week to achieve measurable health benefits. I’m not about to say I know better than the experts. I just know that 10 minutes is all I’ve needed to pull out of a bad mood, recharge and get my head on straight again.

We all like to see results, even if we’re only putting in a few minutes a day, so I’d recommend trying intervals for those 10 minutes. Athletes in training use heart rate monitors and interval timers to dial in their performance, but you don’t need the fancy equipment. Just step up the pace so talking is slightly difficult for a minute or two, then slow down for a minute or two. Repeat until your 10 minutes is up.

Five Minute Workout

For your 5-minute core workout, you can do crunches, planks, squats, or any combination. Five minutes of this stuff is powerful.

10-Minute Momentum is elegant. Simple. Totally doable.

So get out there and so something — anything — for 10 minutes. Make it fun!