Welcome to Week 2 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
How did you do with week 1? Were you able to take that baby step?
I’m going to take a moment to review what baby steps we have already taken:
Week 1 – Drink 1 cup of water every day (Check out the post here)
For this week, we will continue to drink that 1 cup of water as we add our next baby step.
Move for 15 minutes every day
Our bodies are made for movement. When we don’t move our muscles can deteriorate and our bodies will not run at maximum efficiency. Like keeping hydrated, movement helps our bodies with weight loss and getting better rest. It also gets our hearts pumping properly.
That is our hearts job which it is happy to do.
Why is this a baby step? It is only 15 minutes a day. That’s it. I know what it’s like to go into an exercise program with lots of good intentions but soon getting burned out or injured because I didn’t ease my way into it. If you want to know what I’ve learned about exercise, check out this post and this one.
What type of movement am I talking about here? Basically any movement that gets your heart pumping a little. It really depends on your current health. Walking is always good. You can pretty much walk anywhere. You don’t have to have any special skills or equipment to do it. You can stand in one spot in your bedroom and just gently walk in place if that is all your body can take right now. Just make sure that it is 15 minutes at one time.
Baby step for this week: Move for 15 minutes every day. If you already move a lot every day, give yourself a high five, keep doing it, and come back next week. If you already move a little every day, add 15 minutes to it or increase the intensity of how you already move. (Example: If you already walk 15 minutes, then try walking 30 minutes or increase the pace of your current 15 minute walks)
Now, I am not a doctor or a health expert, nor am I familiar with your health, so use your common sense when applying this baby step. If you have health issues and you aren’t sure what movement would be safe for you, ask your medical professional.
Here are a few tips to get your 15 minutes of movement in every day:
- Walk in place while you watch TV
- Plug in to your favorite music and walk with it (or dance to it)
- Play with your children
- Pace while you are talking on the phone
- Park farther back at the store parking lot
- Take the stairs rather than the elevator
- Walk over to the neighbors house to say hello
- Get a friend to join you.
What about you?
Do you get your heart pumping every day?
Do you have any tips for getting more movement in every day?
Share your journey with us!