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Give Me Five!

Five minutes. I have shared before how once upon a time I started reading five pages of a book each night. It turned into chapters which turned into books which turned into me having more confidence in accomplishing my goals. 
 Five. It’s just a random number but it works for me. 
  Five minutes doing something. On Tuesday night I couldn’t sleep and found an inspiring video of a woman with incredibly muscular arms. Not Luisa arms from the movie Encanto but strong lean arms. She challenged her viewers to do two minutes of an arm strength exercise with two pound weights for two minutes. 
 I bookmarked it and Wednesday morning when I planned to do the exercise I didn’t. But when I got to work, I grabbed the two pound weights and did five minutes. 
 Her idea was add this to a routine. Well today that was my routine. But imaging 365 days of this habit? What would that look like?
 I heard someone talking about how it is easy when we are young to move to stretch and to strengthen but as we age it takes work. 
  Yes, I am admitting I am aging. Not the easiest subject for me. 
I love the physical abilities of the youth. 
And while I can’t be 20 again, I remind myself that I need and want to keep strengthening my body to do all the things on my bucket list.
 I try a plank one day and end up hurting my back. Or I try a cardio plan and something gets in the way. 
But I don’t stop trying. 
   What do you have five minutes for today? Tomorrow?
A good friend of mine used to carry small one or two pound weights in her vehicle and when she was driving. she would casually do some bicep curls waiting at a stoplight. 
 Another friend has an alarm set to make sure she drinks water consistently. 
  I think in some ways we have less time than we realize and more time than we think.
 Each day offers opportunities but sometimes we miss them in the day to day grind. 
 I am not a 9 to 5 person. I wasn’t raised that way. My job isn’t that way and daily consistent routines don’t work for me. 
However if each day I have five minutes I can carve out to grab some arm weights and do some tricep, bicep, shoulder work, then I am further along.
  My five minutes of reading a day has led to my completion of 10 books so far this year.
Don’t count out five minutes. Can you stand up and sit down for five minutes on commericial breaks of a television show? Can you add five minutes of drinking water? Working out? 
  I think we have more idle time than we want to admit. At least I do. And some idle time is good.  
  So as the woman challenged me, I am challenging you. What can you squeeze in for five minutes today?
 We may be surprised at the results in a month or a year.
Give me five! ;)

 
 

 

 

OPINIONS

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