The January 15-Minute Daily Challenge is halfway through! For more background on the Challenge and understanding what transpired in the first two weeks click HERE.
Week Three: Exercise
It is so easy to rush through the day handling all that life throws and feel in a brain fog and fatigue. When I was working my office job I remember that 2 pm slump in energy and the desire to run out for a Starbucks and something sweet as my treat for making it halfway through the week and through a hard day. I was amazed when I introduced exercise into my day how much it energized me. I thought for sure it would be an energy suck but instead, I found myself with a better attitude and physical energy.
Problem: I don’t have time in my busy life to spend 1 hour at the gym and the treadmill is boring!
The Challenge: Commit to 15 minutes per day to move your body
Supplies: None or very specific to the type of workout you choose to do.
The Process: Pick a time each day to have time to exercise. Schedule this into your day. Keep it like an appointment with yourself that is non-negotiable. Do you need to wake up earlier? Do you need to turn off the TV 15 minutes earlier? If you work from home can you prioritize a break from work? What time makes the most sense in your day? This time can change but for 1 week I challenge you to pick a consistent time.
Find a space in your home or get outdoors (or to a gym if you can and it makes sense for your schedule) and move your body doing something that you find fun! The more fun it is for you, the easier it will be to be consistent.
Go for a walk or run! It is amazing what getting outdoors can do for your endorphins.
Play sports with your kids outside. You will be shocked how tired you will be after playing one-on-one basketball or throwing the baseball around for 15 minutes will do for your cardio.
Join the fit club! I am all about at-home fitness. The current program I am doing is 18-30 minutes of exercise 5 days per week. Obviously, this is more than the 15-minute challenge but my goodness is it short, effective, and fun. More on the fit club here.
Try a free online workout class. There are so many fun dance classes, cardio, weight lifting, basically anything you can think of.
Reminder: Keep at your Habit 1: Decluttering/Cleaning (more details here) and your Habit 2: Quiet time (more details here). This is an additional habit we are adding into our day. These 3 tasks can be done in one 45-minute block or broken out during your day. That part is up to you.
I would be so curious to hear how spending just 15-minutes per day exercising benefits your attitude and energy throughout your day.