Self-Care Sunday: Just Move

I consider myself to be an active person. I love to work up a good sweat. To keep things interesting, I change up my exercise routine often. A little running. Some strength training. Yoga. Beachbody Channel programs. Brisk walks on trails.👟It’s fun for me. It makes me feel good physically and mentally.😀I try to do something that revolves around fitness every day.img_8079

Want to know how many times I’ve done a work out this week? None!⭕️Zip!🚫Zero! Zilch!❌Unless you count walking up and down the stairs at work or cheering🎉while I sat in the bleachers at volleyball games. Those don’t count? I thought so.😉

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to exercise. I haven’t had the time.⏰I know, I know. What about fitting it in after work? I went straight to other events on the family calendar as soon as I left the building this week. How about a light workout before bed?🛏Nope- we made it home every night just in time to shower🚿 and head to bed.

You’re probably wondering about my morning routine. Isn’t that when lots of folks workout? You’re right. That sounds like the ideal time to fit exercise into my busy schedule. It should be a no-brainer. There’s one problem standing in my way, and that problem would be ME!

I don’t consider myself to be a morning person. Not even kind of a morning person. I’m one of those people who hits the snooze button on my phone when the alarm sounds. I know exactly how many times I can hit snooze before I absolutely, positively have to get out of bed. I also know exactly how long it takes for my daughter and myself to get ready for school- barring any unforeseen issues. My husband goes to work much earlier than I do, so he is long gone by the time we get up.

I have my mornings down to a science. Lunches are packed the night before. 👍🏻Clothing? Yep- it’s ironed and waiting in the closet. Paperwork is signed. Backpacks are ready and waiting by the door. Computers are charged.👍🏻

So, where could exercise fit into this tightly controlled morning schedule? Right now, it can’t. I think it should, though. I think I need to do it. Just get up and move! Skip the snooze button. I’m the only thing standing in my way of morning work out sessions.

img_8080I feel better when I make the work out happen. I have more energy. I sleep better. My clothes fit more comfortably. The Mayo Clinic notes that the benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore, especially for improving the health of the heart and lungs. Isn’t that fact alone enough motivation?💯

Self-Care Sunday tip: figure out what you have to do to MOVE every day- even for a little while. According to Healthline, daily exercise can help with skin health and reduce the risks for certain chronic diseases. It is good for your muscles and bones. It can also make you feel happier.

Let’s figure out how to fit in that movement even when the days are crazy. If it means getting out of bed a little earlier, it’ll be worth it.❤️

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