Secrets of Success
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I try to wear 'exercise wearable clothes' most days (yoga pants). Right when I wake up, 10 minutes elliptical or aerobics; while dinner is cooking, 10 minutes of crunches, etc) so I'm always exercise ready. So on days I don't get a workout in at the gym, I can squeeze in 30 minutes or so easy!
i find that when i have extra time to wait, on a bus ride or a train ride, i squeeze in some jumping jacks or i go for a walk. on a bus, i do some reaching and stretching on long rides. waiting at a doctor's office, i will go for a short walk or do some deep breathing exercises.
Listen to old favorites on YouTube. It's a wonderful mood lifter. Enjoy the nostalgia! I made up about 38 minutes worth of songs to work out and cool down to. Here are the songs that pick up my mood dramatically: Here You Come Again, Real Love, Home, Down on the Corner, Mountain Music, Roll On, All I Ever Need is You, Love is Like a Butterfly, Maybe You Should Know, You decorated my Life, You light up my life, To Me.
Reflection is my stress reduction secret. Since I began this journey to live a healthy lifestyle and do the things I have always dreamed of doing I have started to reflect on how far I have come. This helps me realize if I can do this I can concur what ever challenge is placed in front of me and I can find the resources I need to do it.
If I am in the office and now out at a home visit (I'm a social worker), I try to do 10 minutes of some kind of movement at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. I use 10-minute Spark videos if it's bad weather, or get out and do a brisk walk. Great way to perk up and be productive!
Be aware of your thoughts. Are they helping you with your goals, or are they sabotaging your efforts. You have to be your own best friend...treat yourself as kindly as you would a loved, trusted friend. Build yourself up. Don't waste your time beating yourself up.