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Just ten minutes

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I've decided to re-commit to the ten-minutes-of-exercise a day policy.

This was how I started exercising in 2011, and this was a point I thought I should start at again.

Of course, it's different this time. I tried doing one of the spark exercise videos while my son was with me. He looked at me for about 10 seconds and then said, "Mummy, what you doing? Come play with me".

I then tried again when he was having his nap. This time I pranced around to a cardio dance video and was once again struck by just how unsuited I am to these type of exercises. But I persevered and made sure I kept moving and had a good laugh at myself. Probably the best part of those ten minutes was thatI found myself laughing at myself. I stopped taking myself so seriously.

I realised how I have found my exercise of choice, which is jogging. But it was also nice to do something different and have the full realisation that it is really important to find the exercise that suits you. I'm so glad I have. It is just difficult for me to go out jogging every day and it is daunting sometimes to think about going for a half hour run. Or sometimes a two hour run. Mentally it is too much right now.

But a ten minute exercise video - yes, I can do that.

And, last night when I was thinking about my day, I felt good because I had managed to exercise. Rather than bad because I hadn't managed to go out for a run. I realise I am working through negative feelings right now, so it was so good to find I felt positive about myself rather than guilty or frustrated.

I'll still run when I can and I still do. But adding these ten minutes will be an extra mental boost that I desperately need right now. Something achievable.
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