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What’s Your Minimum?

I used 2 of my small wobble balls again for the 44 – 

so many possibilities!
so many possibilities!

This time I stood on them and did dead lifts.


This was a good challenge – staying balanced on the little balls was tricky.  Dead lifts are one of my favorite moves and I loved the challenge with the balls!!  15 pound dumbbells was plenty today since I was trying to balance.

Finished the February challenge – 50 push-ups and 50 walking lunges today.

Today I did another old DVD (remember I’m trying to go through my DVD workout library this year!!!) – The Firm, Dangerous Curves Ahead.  This workout uses a small band for some extra resistance!

small but powerful
small but powerful

I actually didn’t do the entire workout today.  About 30 minutes in I was dragging and thinking about all the things I needed to get done before taking  the boys to school so I just stopped.  

Not gonna lie – it is rare for me to cut a workout short!!!  And, it made me wonder – what is the minimum length to work out and count it as a workout?

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.35.22 AMI actually read a post earlier this week that was talking about running and what is your shortest distance.  Now, I’m wondering about your shortest time to call a workout a workout!   (Sorry, I can’t remember whose blog!!)  

(Update – Miss Zippy wrote a post called When is a run a run?  asking a similar question about running.)

I track all of my workouts (not just my running) and I like to keep up with how many days I actually workout.  If all I do is my daily 44 then I don’t count it as a workout day.  Normally I get at least an hour (or more) of working out on the days I count.

However, today I stopped the DVD around the 30 minute mark.  
So, does it count??

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30 minutes has always been my minimum!!  I see tons of workouts that can be done in 12 minutes or 14 or 17 or 20 and I think they look like great workouts but I always feel like I have to combine several of them to actually count it as a true workout day.

I don’t have a set number of miles that I’m trying to run this year because I have learned by now that if I try to push too hard I end up injured.  But, I do have a goal to workout over 300 days this year and I do use my 30 minute minimum as part of the criteria on what counts.

Do you have a minimum time that you use to count a workout – weather it’s a DVD, something from Pinterest, a walk – whatever?  Or do you even track how many days you workout?

Happy Fun Friday!!


BTW – I have worked out 52 out of 59 days so far in 2014.