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I have come to the realization that if I don’t use my muscles, they will lose their value and purpose.
I do not take the time to exercise 30 minutes or an hour – it is daunting to even consider working that into my schedule.
My focus this Lenten season has been to try to take time to focus on replenishing me. I have found little ways – like reading a book, trying to get to bed a bit earlier, eating healthier and taking vitamins. Small efforts that say “I am worthy of ME time” – in a healthy and constructive manner.
Recently, I reflected on my idle time – minutes waiting for the dryer to re-heat before folding, standing at the toaster/microwave, waiting for coffee to brew, waiting for the dog to come back to the door. I decided to use that time over the past week to use my muscles. I spent some time online looking for a good 5 Minute Workout. There are plenty to chose from, but none that suited me! Sol, I designed my own routine. This is not a WORK-OUT. This is not for weight loss. It is simply meant to USE MY MUSCLES. I am not certified in fitness, but I have worked out with videos or at a gym on and off for probably 30 years. Dumbbells can be used, or you can use your own strength as resistance. Each motion is slow and controlled – with thought going to the muscles that are being worked.
You do not have to do all of these at one time. Do the neck stretches while you are waiting for a web page to refresh. Do the arms by the dryer. Get on the floor when you wake up. Mix it up. Break it up. Do it all 2 or 3 times a day if you would like. The idea here is to provide suggestions that will let your muscles know they are valued!
UMM – Use My Muscles routine is here if you would like to print it off. Leave a copy in the kitchen cabinet and one by the dryer. Wherever you might have a few moments . . . post it as a reminder to use your muscles! Just remember – all of these movements are small, slow and very controlled.
A HUGE thank you to the ladies of JOY in the Home that endured my demonstration last night. We made a memory filled with laughter!
I have actually put my dusty dumbbells by the dryer and now use them while I am waiting.
I hope you enjoy!