I’ve said this many times before. I’ve said it over and over again and I will continue to say it over and over again. Why? Because I believe it. In fact, before I began my fitness journey, someone in my life kept saying that to me. I thought he was just being an asshole and telling me I was fat (let’s face it, y’all, I was fat!), but eventually I listened to those words and I went from there.
As I mentioned in my last post, when I first started exercising, I couldn’t make it 20 minutes. I could barely make it 3 minutes without wanting to kill myself (or feel like I was already dying). My goal was to make it to 20 minutes.
When I finally did make it to the 20 minute mark I was ecstatic. And for a long time that’s where I remained. Just at the 20 minute mark. Eventually, I did move up and sometimes I would (and still do) work out for hours on end. But, there are times when time is limited and 20 (or 30) minutes is all you have. You can sit around watching TV or creeping Facebook, OR you can get up and take advantage of that little bit of time and do something that will improve your mood, your energy level, your health, and your life.
This past Saturday I was pressed for time and wasn’t able to get to the gym or a class but I desperately wanted to work out. Technically, it was supposed to be my day off, but it was rainy and gross out and I was feeling lethargic and lazy and like I needed to do something. Initially, I was supposed to do the warm up for the Relay for Life but because of the raining weather, the warm up got cancelled. Yet, I was craving a workout. I didn’t want to overdo it because rest days are extremely important and, I admit, I don’t always take advantage of them, but I really wanted to get in a little cardio and a little strength. And I did.
I got my game plan ready and I had myself a sweat-inducing, heart-racing 21 minute workout right there in my boyfriend’s living room. And it felt great. I felt great. I accomplished a lot in a little bit of time and carried on with the rest of my day.
So, if that’s all it takes (at the very least, to start), why not set aside 20 minutes of your day and get moving in the direction to change your life.