The biggest thing about Alabama in the summer is that it is hot and humid and being outside is hard, especially if you don’t get into a routine early. I’m not going to make excuses as to how or why, but I, once again, failed to get into a routine. Thus, running or biking when the sun is out is just not a wise decision. I want to be active, but I don’t want to die.
One thing that I’ve incorporated into my life over the last couple of years, but definitely even more in the last couple of months, is yoga. I’ve been trying to do yoga for 20-30 minutes every day that I can, which, luckily, has been most days. I do Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, in case you’re wondering.
Today I went to the next video on the September playlist and it’s 41 minutes long. I’ve worked out for longer than that many many times in my life before, but I’ve felt weak lately. I’ve felt that I can’t do much. I’ve felt overweight and out of shape and so many other things that probably aren’t true. But we all tend to perceive ourselves differently than we actually are, don’t we?
So I almost skipped the 40 minute video. Because ten extra minutes just felt too long. I felt too weak. I felt like I might feel too tired afterward. But then I thought about how I usually feel after I do yoga. Unlike other workouts, when I do yoga I just feel good. My mood boosts in a different way. My body doesn’t feel like I’ve done a hard workout, it just feels… I don’t know… good. I told myself to do the 40 minute video. It wasn’t hard. Those ten extra minutes weren’t even noticed.
So I wonder how long ten minutes even is. What else could I do for ten minutes that I might not even notice? Could I do ten extra minutes of cleaning? My house would look that much better. Could I spend ten extra minutes outside with my dog? Maybe when it cools down. Could I spend ten minutes writing, so maybe my mind might be clearer, like it used to be? I decided to find out.
What could you do for ten minutes?