I was chatting with my dear friend Rob recently about people who believe they don’t have enough time to incorporate movement into their lives. I suggested that these people could start with just 10 minutes a day. His response was “Ten minutes of yoga isn’t going to fix anything!”
Maybe. Probably not. But I am not suggesting someone spends 10 minutes, once, working out. I am suggesting that every single day you commit to 10 minutes of some kind of movement–whether it is 10 minutes of kettlebell swings, 10 minutes of running, 10 minutes of using super cheap and portable resistance bands, 10 minutes of dance or 10 minutes of whatever inspires you.
Now I can see how easy it is to claim this is worthless, but think of it this way: our body adapts to what we give it. There is, eventually, a cumulative effect. Let’s say you smoked crack for 10 minutes a day. No big deal, you might say, it’s only 10 minutes. And smoking crack for 10 minutes out of your entire life will most likely not actually destroy you. (I am not suggesting it, just being realistic.)
Let’s say you smoke crack for 10 minutes a day, EVERY DAY. Can you visualize how this will start to change you? You become accustomed to it, you start to want it. You realize you will do whatever needs to be done to get it. It becomes your priority.
This is how change happens for people who aren’t sure they’re all in. An experiment becomes a commitment, becomes a way of life.
The next thing you know, you’re doing squats while watching TV, running to the mailbox and back, taking the stairs-because you LIKE the feeling, crave the movement, not out of guilt or wanting to please someone else.
That is the secret of movement: it actually can provide us with positive rewards in both body and brain.
I love rewards! Maybe you do too?
But you have to start somewhere.