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Archive for December 1st, 2012

Day 1 Of 31 Days Of 30 Minutes In December 2012

Posted by terrepruitt on December 1, 2012

So today is the first day of the December 2012 30 Minute Movement Challenge.  There are so many things you can do, you know that right?  On the days I am teaching a Nia Class I will obviously get in 30 minutes of movement, but at this point, right off the bat, I don’t want to count that as my 30 minutes.  I would count Nia as my 30 minutes if I am doing it as a student.  Being a teacher and being a student are different, so I am going to count them differently.  I will be back today to check in with my 30 minutes completed.  But first some ideas on what you can do, yes?  You can walk.  Walking for 30 minutes is a great exercise.  If you walk fast enough and get your heart rate up it can be an aerobic exercise.  With your challenge you decide whether your 30 minutes will be aerobic or resistance training.  You can also add to it.  Moving for longer than 30 minutes.  Just make certain you are moving (in an exercise-y type of way) for at least 30 minutes.

There are so many things you can do.  I already mentioned walking.  There is my ten minute workout.  You can do that for 30 minutes consecutively or do three different 10 minute sessions.  If you have a device that allows you to create playlist of music you can make up a great playlist and dance for 30 minutes.  You could do 30 different exercises for a minute each.  Some examples:  squats, bicep curls, lunges, triceps kick backs, donkey kicks, push ups, inner thigh lifts, sit ups, triceps dips, frogs, hamstring kick backs, lateral flies, knee lifts, rows, reverse curls . . . . . . and 15 more.

The key is to get AT LEAST 30 minutes in.  The thirty minute time length was originally brought up to help people STAY healthy.  Many people need more than that to GET healthy in the first place.  But we are just doing a challenge for the month of December to make sure we are moving EVERY DAY.  With all that is going on during this season it is easy to skip the workout.  So committing to 30 minutes EVERY DAY will help.

Keeping to a schedule helps a lot.  Committing to a goal, also helps.  We also know that sometimes things do come up and even though we have a schedule and made a commitment there might be a day where we just didn’t get the 3o minutes in.  To help ensure you get it in I recommend doing it first thing in the morning.  I know that when I put things off for later in the day sometimes they don’t get done.  The things I do first thing always get done . . . . funny how that works huh?  If you happen to miss a day, that is fine, just pick it right back up the next day.

Remember you don’t even have to comment about what you did, just comment that you DID move/exercise/workout for at least 30 minutes!  So . . . . what do you think?  Do you have a plan?  Are you done with your 30 minutes? 

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