5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Exercise
Hello Wonderful, Creative You:
How was your Self-Care Challenge day 1? I hope you loved seeking out beauty as much as I did.
Today’s challenge is exercise.
Exercise is such a vital part of a good self-care regimen. You might have realized that I love to run and do a lot of outdoor physical activities. For me it’s been important to have variety in my workouts, and company sometimes too. Given how social I am, it’s a big motivator. I think this is true for a lot of people.
Wednesday evenings I normally attend a track workout with my running club. I show up pretty faithfully, because while I am no Speedy Gonzalez, it lets me socialize with my running buddies while also getting some speed work. Last week, however, it was 90 and humid, I had been working long hours, and I was feeling the need to treat myself very kindly.
Instead of going to track, I went to the dance class at my gym. While I wouldn’t skip my precious track workouts every week, the dance class was a JOYOUS experience. I had forgotten how good it can feel to crank the music and move in unison: strutting, jumping, swaying, shimmying, and laughing. It was not the grueling workout I so value at track, but it felt amazing.
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I realize you can’t go for a run, or even a long walk in 5 minutes, but there’s a lot you can do. In fact, as I researched ideas to offer, I was surprised at the amount of exercise you can do in 5 minutes.
5 Minute Workout Ideas
Take a short walk, paying attention to what you see, hear, feel, and smell.
Do a 5 minute am yoga sequence.
Close your office or bedroom door, crank the music and dance it out. This song is one of my favorites for dancing lately.
Here’s a 5 minute standing ab workout.
And finally, my favorite online workout resource is Cassie from Blogilates.com. She is hilarious and totally motivating. She has a 3 minute ab exercise.
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