10 Minutes A Day

My 18 month old, loves to sit on our bed and play on my iPad.   He also loves to have me nearby when he wants to play with the iPad which I am more than happy to oblige.  I mean, who wouldn't want to sit back on a pile of pillows with my feet up and a laptop on my lap while my littlest man leans against me and he also has his electronic device on his lap.  A cute picture, right?  Except, we can both sit there for an hour and then I feel lazy and guilty for sitting for so long instead of being up doing something - anything!

I've challenged myself to get 10 minutes of rigorous activity a day for at least five days a week.  It doesn't sound like a lot baby steps is what I need to get moving.  I don't enjoy exercising and would rather relax with Ty toddler playing stationery on the floor.  But, truth be told I need to get moving and I want to like exercising.      

                                                                *******    10 minute  intermission    ******

Writing and thinking about exercising made me feel like I should get up and get it done!  So I reluctantly closed the electronics, put on the music and Ty and I danced and laughed for ten minutes. It felt great!  I danced and jumped and while I was stretching with yoga's downward dog pose, Ty climbed underneath the 'mommy tunnel' with a big smile on his face.

My boys dancing - exercise can be fun!

After dancing, I drank a tall glass of water and reheated last night's Braised Chicken with onions and apples for our lunch.   So do yourself a favor after reading this, take ten minutes and get moving.  Need some ideas?

  • Dance with your children.  You don't need to know how to dance, just move.  Jog in place and wave your arms.   Your kids will love it!
  • Squats!  Tighten your tummy as you go up and down. Great for your middle, thighs, legs.  
  • Jumping Jacks - get your heart pumping with this one!
  • Walk - It's easy and it's good for you!  According to the American Heart Association, "Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health."