Day 5 – Lean, Fit, & Calm in 12 Minutes A Day
This is day 5 of a 7 day challenge which is an excerpt from my upcoming ebook. I’ve pasted it here.
What if I told you that you could be trim, calm, and fit with only 12 minutes of activity per day?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got hate/hate relationship with working out. It either takes too long or feels too hard.
Since I’m the artist type I never really got into sports in school.
As a result my health was miserable when I went to college in Chicago. While living in a walking city and simultaneously learning about healthy eating from my roommate, I slowly watched as my body transformed from totally out of shape to thin, trim, and flexible.
It was a process that took about 8 years but what I learned was life changing.
You don’t have to “exercise”.
You just have to move and keep moving. Later, when I decided to go back to school to become a certified Holistic Health Coach I discovered that science actually backed up what I already knew to be true.
Humans respond best to short bursts of high intensity movement and repetitive strength training using only body weight. Here are two examples of that in nature:
- Chasing the rabbit
- Squatting to pick up your food from the ground
“I wasn’t aware that working out just a mere 12 minutes a day could be challenging (in a fun way) and also totally sustaining (paired with a healthy lifestyle). The idea of working out for 45-60 minutes at a time for me, is daunting.
I’ve been able to implement this easily in my life in multiple ways as it’s challenged me to look at “work outs” differently. I consider things as exercise that I didn’t before like: walking my dog, doing a quick set of jumping jacks in the a.m. to warm up my body.
I take any moment I can at work to do the “lifting portions”, even putting up all the chairs in my restaurant. I’m not someone who works out, or who will ever work out excessively, but the challenge enabled me to implement a totally doable exercise routine that keeps me strong, which I value.”
The assignment is to pick:
- One style of movement
- The number of days you want to move with the least amount of days being one
- The day of the week you’re going to move, ex: every Monday
- The time of day you’re going to move, ex: 1 PM
- The place you’re going to do this, ex: the park or your guest-room
So it should look like this: I’m going to do 12 minutes of jumping jacks and push ups 3 days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in my guest room from 7:00 – 7:12am.
Schedule it on your calendar, phone or both. When your time comes, set the timer for 12 minutes and move your body!
That’s it! You can do this, I believe in you. Start small, start somewhere.