Reclaiming my physical self 10 minutes at a time

When I was pregnant, I remember lamenting to a coworker how I couldn’t wait to have my body back to myself. I was thrilled to be having a baby, but I missed being able to move freely. All I wanted was to be able to run down the street at full speed or lie on my belly in bed. My coworker responded, “Oh, you won’t have your body back to yourself for a long time, you’re planning to nurse, right?”

And, she was right. Between recovering from pregnancy and nursing my daughter around the clock, my body didn’t feel so much like mine anymore. Of course, again, I didn’t really mind, but exercise became more sporadic, and my eating habits revolved more around feeding her than making myself feel healthy.

Fast forward two years from when I found out I was pregnant and it’s officially time to reclaim my physical self. In addition to wanting to be in optimum shape before I decide to have another little person sometime down the road, this week I accepted a part-time teaching job as a “games specialist” at a Waldorf charter school. While a little different than your traditional PE program, it will be my job to teach children to be physically fit, which in my mind also means I should be physically fit!

So, as I lay on my yoga mat yesterday evening and contemplated my course of action, I realized I should start small. 10 minute increments. I can claim to be too busy for a lot of things, but every single day should include 10 minutes of my own. The month before I got pregnant, I did a 30 day yoga challenge, so it only seems fitting to start where I left off and pick an activity I enjoy.

Beginning today and lasting through the month of July, I’m challenging myself to spend a minimum of 10 minutes a day doing yoga. Whenever possible, I hope to do more, but with 2.5 weeks of travel planned for July, I know 10 minutes is something I can realistically complete.

Will you join me? Do you have a favorite physical activity you can commit to for a minimum of 10 minutes a day? We can give each other virtual high fives on August 1 and feel more accomplished for squeezing a little extra health into every single day, no matter how busy we think we are, (and, hopefully, this will translate into a new life rhythm of more daily exercise).

If you need additional motivation, check out this article about how exercise makes you live longer or, if you’re a fellow yoga enthusiast, join me in following along to Adrienne’s 10 minute yoga video below as my day one pick, (Adrienne also has a fantastic series for 30 days of yoga if you enjoy her instruction). I find the hardest part about consistent exercise is getting started, so I’m hopeful to trick myself into action by committing to just 10 minutes at a time.

We all have 10 minutes somewhere, right?

5 thoughts on “Reclaiming my physical self 10 minutes at a time

  1. This is one of those fundamental truths for me … that we need to take care of ourselves also to be able to take care of those around us. It’s a thing I think moms struggle with, so kudos to you for taking this step. I’m signed up for the challenge … I hope you’ll accept old guys whose kids are about to leave the nest. 😉

    It’s interesting, I’ve been off and on about running over the last few months, but the last two evenings, when I’ve got home I have insisted that I was going for runs. The fact that it was 100 degrees outside (or more) was part of the challenge and by the end of my run last night, I was addicted again. I want to stop using the excuses that always crop up and commit to the idea that I can go for a 3.5 mile run just about every day of the week and it won’t hurt my quality of life — it will only improve it.

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    1. Haha, I don’t think you qualify as an old guy yet 😉 Glad you’re committed to participate– especially doing something like running in this heat! It is amazing how once we actually get started on an activity it is actually enjoyable. That’s my struggle, is just getting going. Hoping the 10 minute commitment will be small enough to lose the excuses. Yesterday I did 10 minutes and then was happy to do more. Funny how that works! 3.5 miles is an even better commitment 😀 Look forward to hearing how it goes.

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  2. Love this. TEN MINUTES IS HUGE. It makes such a big difference. I LOOOVE WALKING. I carry my baby in his carrier and we visit the local nature center with a 1/4, 1, and 2 mile trail!!! Thank you for inspiring me and other readers to claim health and wellness postpartum, fighting PPD. Virtual high 5!!

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    1. Thanks Ina! What a great balance to get out in nature with your babe and also get some exercise 😀 It’s over 100 degrees here right now and I’ve been having a hard time getting my little one out for walks early enough to beat the heat– dreaming of trail walking again! Look forward to checking out your blog too 🙂

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