Having fun moving only takes five minutes…but you can always add more!
Whether we are talking about an English paper or an exercise routine getting started is the worst. For a workout you have to get out of bed, get in appropriate attire, get to the class or put a video on. But once you get moving it’s never that bad. If you need to start small, commit to five minutes of movement today. Maybe that’s a walk, a run, some stretches, Pilates, yoga, or a hodge-podge of moves you want to put together. I suspect at the end of five minutes you probably won’t mind adding another five and perhaps another after that. Just get started. Remind yourself that whatever you are doing will be better after the first 20-seconds. Find what makes movement enjoyable to you. Move with a friend, to music, or while watching television.
If you need some help, here is a video for a ten minute gentle workout:
It’s a great place to start if you are just getting back into movement or on the days where you really don’t feel like moving and have to force yourself.
And, while you are motivating yourself to move by reminding yourself that the starting is the hardest part, is there something else you’ve been wanting to do that it’s time to start? I know some people think New Year’s resolutions are trite, but I tend to find that one time a year it’s actually nice to take a moment to take stock and make sure you’re on the path you’d like to travel at this point in your life.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a marathon, write a book, learn to sail or fly, take a cooking or dance class, or swim in Jell—O. Your goal can be mighty or tiny. One of the tasks on my list is to milk a cow. I’ve always wanted to, but never have. I like it because it seems like a fairly easy task to accomplish. I’d love to hear of the goals—physical or otherwise—that you’d enjoy reaching this year.
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