It’s Day 12 of the Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge! If you missed yesterday’s video, catch up with Day 11 here.
Our health and wellbeing expert, Fiona O’Donnell, explains what’s involved for Day 12 in the video below. We want you to tell us during the challenge how you are getting on so tag us on social using #mkt21days and we’ll give you some encouragement!
Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge: Day 12 – Movement
There are days that by the time I get to 8pm I’m ready to melt into a puddle on the couch because my day has been so crazy busy! I’ve been running from pillar to post, playing taxi to kids, trying to run a business in the background, and it’s all just mayhem – I’m exhausted. Then I look at my watch and see I’ve done 10 steps, even though I feel so tired that surely I’ve walked the length and breadth of a marathon! But it’s not always the way it happens.
We have to be aware of the fact that emotional fatigue after a long, busy day is not the same as physical fatigue. I don’t know about you, but if I’ve had a very busy day where I haven’t been physically active, I don’t sleep well at night and this is why daily movement is so important to me.
Today we’re going to go back and look at our daily movement levels and do a quick assessment following on from already having this conversation in the last couple of days. I want you to look at what changes you made in response to that initial challenge – did you increase your movement as a result of that conversation?
If you haven’t, take the opportunity today to ask yourself ‘how well am I sleeping? Do I get into bed and feel a bit restless?’ Is my back feeling a bit tight?’ Maybe an easy walk would do you the world of good, or some gentle stretching before bed.
The aim here is to get stronger, to improve your cardiovascular fitness – nothing else. So ask yourself how much you’ve been doing and whether you need to be doing a little bit more. If that’s the case, plan to get out for even 10 minutes this evening. You will always find yourself doing that little bit more, but just aim for 10 and see how it goes.
If you have any questions throughout the Challenge, email Fiona or send her a message on Instagram, Facebook and use hashtag #mkt21days to let us know how you are getting on with the Challenge!