It’s Day 2 of the Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge! If you missed yesterday’s video, catch up with Day 1 here.
Our health and wellbeing expert, Fiona O’Donnell, explains what’s involved for Day 2 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 2 – Movement
We often think that in order to gain benefit from movement, we have to be working for over an hour, sweating hard and feeling like our lungs are on fire… but that’s not the case. And many of you will agree that having to spend a full hour training can sometimes be the factor that prevents you from getting out the door at all.
Atomic Habits author James Clear says “be great in the smallest of ways”, and this is definitely something that I can subscribe to. When we’re trying to put a plan together, when we’re trying to get fitter, when we’re trying to be more active, oftentimes we’ll say ‘oh I don’t have time to get out and do a 30 minute walk’ or ‘I don’t have time to get out and do a 40 minute run’ or ‘I don’t have an hour to go to the gym so I won’t do it at all’.
Our need to do everything perfectly can prevent us from doing anything at all, and achieving success in the smallest of ways. So your challenge or your task for today is to be great in the smallest of ways.
How can you move your body for even five minutes more than usual? And before you say five minutes is not enough, five minutes is still better than zero minutes! Can you put your runners on now and walk out your front door and walk five minutes in one direction, turn around and walk five minutes back. Can you get on the floor and do some of the yoga exercises that you thought you might get done but you haven’t because it was a 40 minute session? Can you spend five minutes sitting down and journaling what are you going to give time to today to prevent that perfection freeze that we all experience when we can’t complete an entire task?
My suggestion, as I said earlier, is that you get your shoes on, you get out the front door and walk for five minutes in one direction, turn around and walk back. If walking doesn’t feel like it’s hitting your buttons and you want to get yourself working a little bit harder, do a jog. Jog an easy five minutes out, jog a little bit harder back and try to get back in under the five minutes – that’s your task for today.
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!