Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have my own exercise routine?

Many men have established workout routines. But do you do it every day? Do weeks sometimes pass when you couldn’t get around to it? Does your workout have a balance of strength, flexibility, and cardio elements? Some use the Fitness in 10 for Men routine  as a warmup or finisher for a longer workout using machines or weights. And for the off days, it helps to remove some of the soreness and stiffness associated with weight training.

Isn’t running enough exercise to keep me fit?

Running is great exercise. What do you do on your rest days? Do you ever get injured and have to take time off? Do you run all year round? Many runners use this program to warm-up or cool-down. It fits into their established routine. It fills in the days or the seasons when they don’t run. It also adds flexibility, strength, and improves posture to their overall fitness. The high intensity cardio can improve their running fitness.

How does this fit with my favourite sports?

Many of us have favourite sports which we do once a week or a few times a week. It is not enough exercise. Sometimes it doesn’t happen because either you, or your partner, can’t make it. Something daily that you can count on makes your sport more fun because you’ll be in better shape to enjoy your sport.

Is exercising every day good for you? What about rest?

The magic of 10 minutes a day is: 1) it fits anywhere in your day and 2) it becomes a habit like brushing your teeth. 3) It’s not dependent on anyone else 4) it’s easier to do something every day because you don’t think about it – it becomes automatic.  5) it’s designed to be gentle enough to do every day. You won’t be stiff at all. It’s good for you because you’ll enjoy it. There is something powerful about doing something just for you to invigorate every day.

Longer workouts do require a rest day for the body to recover. There is no disputing the value of other longer workouts. They are terrific – keep doing them. But they have a different purpose, and they are almost impossible to do every day.

Why Isn’t this program for women too?

Every time a man in the household does the program, I get asked by his spouse, “Hey. Where’s my Program?”

My answer: I know the fitness pain points for Men over 40 based my research and my own experience.  Men typically don’t like classes, have belly fat, tight hips, sore backs, and sore shoulders. I don’t know the requirements for women, but if you like the program, just do it. Some women are doing it just the way it is, some are adding their own favourite exercises to customize it.

Is 10 minutes enough time?

It’s a natural question. It is enough time. And it’s much better than doing nothing which is what many of us do. The key is you can do it every day.

The common sense is that 10 minutes fits into your life easily. Everyone has 10 minutes to spare in their average day. Most men do it first thing in the morning. Exercise. Shave. Shower.

The best science research says you need about 20 minutes of physical activity every day to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of 150 minutes per week. 10 minutes gets you halfway there and makes achieving the total 20 minutes easier. Research proves that all exercise adds up and suggests 10 minute sessions to build momentum. The biggest health impact is moving from nothing to something.

This WHO physical activity level is important because it protects your health from serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, or alzheimer’s.

The balanced design of the daily 10 minutes gets you fit and increases your mental and physical capacity.

What is different about this program?

Fitness in 10 for men is a 10 minute daily home fitness program for men over 40. It’s 10 minutes because it is simple and convenient, and fits into your life anytime and anywhere. It’s for men over 40 because it is designed to address classic fitness problems across flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular elements. And it’s for life because it becomes a daily exercise habit to keep you moving, feeling great, and protecting your long term health from life-ending diseases. It is designed by someone who does the program every day just like you. And it is not an extreme “feel the burn” approach. The simple goal of the program is to make more men over 40 fit for life.

How am I going to stick with it?

The number one success factor for any program is you have to do it. Some programs demand such massive changes that they are not sustainable for very long, let alone for your lifetime. It’s actually not your fault. Fitness in 10 for Men is designed to be doable every day. It’s gentle and relaxing. You can do it. And you’ll feel better which will keep you coming back every day. It’s designed to stick. You’ll miss a few days here and there, but after a few weeks you won’t feel right if you don’t do it. That’s when you know it’s a habit.

What equipment do I need?

You need no special equipment at all. You can do it anywhere and anytime.

When you’re at home,  I recommend a yoga mat (although a rug will do) and optionally, a skipping rope for the cardio section. Wear comfortable clothing and exercise in your bare feet. You don’t need running shoes which is great if you’re traveling on business.

Do I get a hardcover printed physical book?

There is no hardcover book. You don’t have to pay for shipping or wait for it to arrive. You download an e-book (electronic book) immediately. You can view and print the book in Adobe Acrobat PDF (portable document format) If you don’t have it you can click here and install it for free. You can view the e-book on your PC, Mac, Tablet, or Phone. You also receive a follow-along video with clear instructions for each exercise.

What fitness level does this work for – beginner, intermediate, advanced?

It’s designed for all levels. There are easier and more advanced versions for some of the more challenging exercises. And you can vary the intensity of any exercise by lowering the suggested number of repetitions.

Everyone can do these exercises at their own level. They are not intimidating at all. Even fit men are surprised how specific techniques make the exercise more challenging. Everyone starts at level 1. Then, you can graduate, at your option, to more difficult exercises at level 2 and level 3. At all levels there are ten foundation exercises and the program is 10 minutes long.

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