Fitness and Reflection Time
This time of year is a busy one for many of us. Vacations, children out of school, plans, plans, and more plans. Many times when we’re running from here to there we put things on the back burner in order to make it through the day.
But even ten minutes of exercise, fresh air, or even some quiet time in the Word can be beneficial – physically and mentally.
But how do we fit fitness & reflection time into our busy schedules?
Take advantage of those commercial times
Let’s face it, the television is a prominent electronic in our lives. Be it for news, movies or shows, many of us are wirelessly tethered. I get it. Sometimes we need a breather. A few minutes to just sit. Or maybe binge watch a good show on Netflix.
However, when those commercials come, it’s a good time for short bursts of exercise. Jumping jacks, crunches, or even holding a plank can help to rejuvenate our minds and bodies.
Speaking of planks, there are so many short weekly or monthly challenges out there on the internet. Maybe one month work those arms. The next month you can choose abdominals. Many of these challenges are body weight focused or just require resistance bands or hand weights.
Small additions that take up little space and are easy to modify help us find time for fitness. Sometimes, simply standing instead of sitting can be a great start. Check out a stand-up computer desk, treadmill desk (Paula LOVES hers!), or sit on a stability ball instead of a stiff computer chair.
Mark your calendar
I have a workout calendar in my work office. I plan monthly challenges and each month fill each of the days with what I am working on. If it is a plank challenge, I write the goal length of time to hold the plank on each of the days. Then, after completing that day, I write the time I was able to complete.
This helps me see my daily goal, what I was able to perform, and focus on the progress I’ve made.
Utilize your lunch time
Many of us with day jobs work inside, in cubicles or offices with minimal fresh air. I find I have an issue with being too focused on work. Sometimes I end up working through my lunch hour while sitting in my office. Then, at the end of the day, I feel drained.
Even getting outside for some fresh air and a walk can be surprisingly beneficial to our minds and well-being. So get out and walk. Walk around the block, the parking lot, or even to a close café for lunch.
Quiet time and reflection
If you can’t get out to take in the fresh air, create a quiet space for yourself to reflect on things other than work.
Shut your office door, or find a quiet area to read, pray, or even simply to focus on non-work related topics. Job stress can often hinder overall well-being before you even realize it.
So take a look at your day or even the week. See where you have those three to ten minutes to breathe and reflect. Find 30 minutes for a nice, fresh walk. Start journaling, or find a weekly or monthly challenge and start improving your health and overall fitness.