I don't turn a blind eye to all the advice I've gotten about exercise. I do think it's important. I've joined gyms - I've done the classes - I've tried some of the new fangled stuff. And some of it - it's just not for me. I think moving - getting my joints and muscles activated is important. I move around. I stretch. I garden. I do housework. I do a lot of housework. I've got a house full of family and pets - so there is a lot of cleaning around here. I go a lot of walks. Those things get me moving - and I like to do them. But come on! I don't believe in shaming or guilting people into starting an exercise routine. I believe in encouraging them to find the right exercise for them - and to encourage them to enjoy it - because that's the way I believe you'll stay motivated.
Hey, think about it. When I squat down and clean the cat box - I am working my muscles. When I stand and do dishes - I can squeeze my butt and stand on my tip toes - and get some butt exercises in. I do the tree pose every morning. I actually enjoy doing that one in the morning. When I get outside and pull weeds - I'm working a lot of muscles. I take my walks, taking pictures, watching the neighbors and the neighborhood - so I end up enjoying it. My body is moving and I begin to percolate. I also have - and it's taken time - kicked it up a notch - and I'm trying a walk/run three times a week. I'm doing some pushups, plank and squats. But.....BUT....I don't overdo it. I do what I can. Most of the time - it's around 10 - 15 of them. I can hold plank for maybe....20 seconds. But it's something. Sure - other people are doing 5 sets of 10. Holding plank for 2 minutes. Good for you. This isn't a competition. I'm here to feel good about myself, my body and my mind.
So I did a quick podcast this morning:
I'm excited about the weekend because I'm going to see some friends. I'm still celebrating turning 50. I took the whole month to do it. I figured - since I didn't want a party - too expensive and overwhelming - I decided to have a bunch of one-on-ones. So far - it's going pretty good.
To being me! To being you. There's plenty for all of us. Mental Girl is here to remind you to stay on the self care path - it's ok - you aren't alone.