Did you know that just 15 minutes of “loving movement” aka exercise3 times a week is all you need to improve your overall health and wellness?
I counsel with so many women. When I inquire with them about their fitness routine. I hear all kinds of excuses about their doing nothing. The number one excuse is “yeah, I’ve been meaning to join a gym.” The second most popular excuse is “I don’t have the time.”
But, what if I told you that you don’t need any extra time or an expensive gym membership to get fit. If you haven’t been working out consistently for the last 6 months or so, I suggest you start with a tangible, easy to manage and easy to maintain fitness routine.
First, transform your thoughts and inner feelings about exercise. Instead of thinking of it as a dreadful task you need to do in order not to be fat or have a heart attack, think of it as “loving movements” you do to honor your body. Focus on being your strongest you and being your healthiest you, instead of trying to get down to an arbitrary dress size.
Second, start small and simple. I love to dance in my house. Simply turn on your favorite radio station or put in CD and dance for 15 minutes. I like to use a timer. The timer is so tangible for the mind. You know that it will be over soon enough. You could even vacuum, sweep, mop and dust in a fast pace and put that in your “loving movement time.” That way you can feed two birds with one seed. How awesome are you!
Third, you can grab your sneakers and hit the block. Seriously, walking is the bomb dot come. It helps with digestion, circulation and endurance to name a few. The great thing about walking is that you don’t need any special equipment, you don’t need to warm up or stretch and you don’t need to drive to a gym. Walking is the most accessible for a lot of people. Walking can help you clear your mind and release stress. Start small. Just do one block. Walk the one block for one week. Then increase to two blocks and go up from there.
The most important thing to remember is to get moving. You don’t need anything special or a lot of money. Start with what you have and get moving. Start small. I know you want to do a triathlon or run a marathon, but slow your roll. Remember, if you’ve been at a desk for 8 hours a day and transfer over to a couch for the rest of the day, any type of “loving movement” that you do is progress. The key is progress and consistency. A little bit consistently over time is better than a herculean attempt for a month or so and back to the same old, same old.
Lastly, see these tweaks in your daily life as upgrades and as long-term improvements. You want to avoid thinking of exercising as a means to reach an arbitrary weight. These are tools you’re adding to your overall journey of wellness. Be gentle with yourself. If you miss a day or fall off, simply hug yourself and tell yourself how much you love yourself. Encourage yourself to do better tomorrow.
What's your favorite "loving movement?"
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Sis. Freya is the creator of RootMama. She loves encouraging women to achieve greatness.
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