This year, Rachel and I each came up with a plan to do a daily activity that we could add to our routine. Nothing crazy… Just a little something different added to our daily life. We both felt that if we wanted 2015 to be better and different from 2014 we needed to introduce a change into our behavior – both agreeing that even small changes can have a huge impact. It was no surprise that we both ended up with a movement-related plan.
Read ahead to learn more about each of our plans and our goals.
Sam’s Strike a Yoga Pose plan:
One yoga pose per day for 30 straight days. Starting on February 1st until March 2nd.
From mountain pose (Tadasana) to crow pose (Bakasana) to corpse pose (Savasana)… At least one yoga pose per day – any pose you want. You can take two minutes to ten minutes. It is all up to you. You can take a picture and share it or keep it to yourself. No excuses. Just one yoga pose.
The goal is to integrate yoga into every single day of life and have it be part of the daily routine much like brushing our teeth or putting on deodorant – intentionally rather than an afterthought. Weaving yoga into our routine allows us to more readily turn to yoga when our body needs it. After all, if it’s good for us once or twice a week, why not every single day? You may discover things about your practice that you didn’t know… like is it better to practice in the morning or in the evening? Can you squeeze in a standing yoga pose during your lunch break or even just mid-morning? Among the things I hope you will learn is that yoga actually can be part of your every day.
You can follow Sam along and share your yoga pose of the day on Twitter (@thirdspacewell, @yogitastic), Facebook (facebook.com/thirdspacewellness), and Instagram (@yogitastic) using #strikeayogapose.
Rachel’s TwentyFit-teen Brisk Walk plan:
A brisk walk every day for 30 straight days. Starting on February 1st until March 2nd.
So what if it’s 17 degrees?! We can walk anyway… indoors or outdoors! Luckily I have a buddy – my hubby. I recommend finding a buddy or two yourself to do this. Walking together will keep you well together, and help you get going even on a snowy day.
Here is what I recommend:
Whenever possible take your 30 – 60 minute walk outside. Get your winter clothes on (I am a fan of layers myself) and head for the sunshine! Now, on snowy, icy, rainy, or below 0 degrees days I’d say take it to the mall. We have all seen the cute ladies and men walking around in groups with their leisure suits on and I think we should join them.
The idea is to make sure you are getting a bit of movement every day, get your heart rate up, and improve those leg muscles. It is about strength and flow, and really all you have to do is move one foot in front of the other at a pace that works for you. Your body will love it and I can’t wait to see what the rest of you feels about it, too – like maybe you will find yourself in a better mood, less fatigued mentally and physically… the possibilities are endless!
You can follow Rachel along and share photos of your walk of the day on Twitter (@thirdspacewell) and Facebook (facebook.com/thirdspacewellness) using #walkaday.
We invite you to join us on whichever plan works for you or you can come up with one that is a better fit for you and your lifestyle.
Good luck and Happy New Year!!