Thursday, November 6, 2008

Exercising makes me happy!

Okay... so I am still working out what exactly I want this blog to achieve. I am thinking that it would be nice if we all just kind of contributed to it. So.... for this one I was thinking that we could all maybe write down things that help us to get motivated to exercise and some ideas of what we do. I will include some things today that we can do just in our homes alone to help us get energized and feel good. Remember, the key is to find joy in what we are doing... including exercise!

Here are some ideas:

1. Dancing!- Dancing is a wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart. Not only that, but it can lift your spirits as well, and give your overall feeling a boost. I love to just turn on the radio and dance around, especially with my girls. Do it for 15 minutes and you have exercised!
Goal- Dance around for 15 minutes.

2. Pushups – These are probably not the most favorite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. You don’t need to pretend you’re “Rocky”, and do them with one hand; just do what works for you. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area. Maybe try 10 a day. The key is to find joy in exercising!
Goal- Try just 10. Any kind you choose.

3. Jumping Jacks – These are always fun, as they bring back memories of being a kid! Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise – they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too. Just do it! You will feel better afterward!
Goal- Let's do 20 today! You can do it! This is meant to be fun!

Okay. Let's start with that. Slow I know... especially for you gym goers but this is for everyone! Everyone can do this and it will help! I love you all!


Saunja said...

Me too!

Melanie said...

Turning on music totally helps me get in the mood to exercise. You know the kind I'm talking about. I end up dancing and cleaning at the same time!

The Johnston's said...

Me too! Its a good way to get the house clean too!

marci and josh said...

I have to set a time to work out, and do it at the same time each day. I usually work out while Gillian's in school and then let Dax play in the playroom. I love doing upbeat dvd's or mainly I just bike and treadmill.

Anonymous said...

What dvd's do you do for those of us who don't have a treatmill or bike?? How do you get yourself motivated? :)