Today’s the last post in my Pebbles to Sand series. In EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, he says a budget tells our money where to go instead of wondering where it went….and then he observes that it’s the same with Time Management. We either tell our day what to do or we will wonder where it went. “The weird thing is that the more efficient, on task, on goal you are with your time, the more energy you have. Working with no traction, or for that matter simply wasting away a day, does not relax you, it drains you.” (p.44)
That’s so true. Over the last week or so, I’ve talked about a few of the pebbles I’ve learned to break down into sand in order to fit them in my life’s jar. Today I’m going to conclude with the pebble that has been the bane of my existence.
EXERCISE has always been hard for me to do consistently. It isn’t fun, and I’d rather clean a bathroom, even though I hate that, just because cleaning’s faster. Even though I know physical exercise is important (especially as I get older and blood pressure rises and weight creeps up), it’s still easy to procrastinate. But wasting away my days neglecting it has drained me, like Ramsey said. My new routine I’ve tested over the last couple months has energized me.
My son showed me a new exercise format called Tabata that runs in 4 minute intervals. You can google Tabata and find more in depth descriptions and timers for it, but basically it boils down to this: Exercise for 20 seconds hard, then rest 10 seconds; and repeat 7 times.
When I threw an extra 20-second interval on at the end, I came out with 3 intense minutes of exercise. I made a chart with pairs of exercises (from my Jillian videos), and tallied up each time I did one of these Tabata intervals. At the end of the day, I multiplied my Tabatas by 3 and came out with how many minutes I exercised.
Breaking up exercise into sand-size grains has helped me make it a daily occurrence. It’s amazing how much time we really have in a day—in bite-size morsels. It’s hard to find time to squeeze a 30 minute exercise video into my day, but I haven’t found it hard to fit 30 minutes of exercise in during the day in 3 minute increments.
I turn the stove on to boil water, and instead of standing around the kitchen twiddling my thumbs (which doesn’t burn many calories), I bring up a Tabata timer on the computer and do an interval while I’m waiting (maybe sit ups and jumping jacks). There are lots of times I can do other Tabata circuits as I’m just waiting. As the day progresses, I check off boxes for exercise and find it very rewarding at the end of the day to see that I fit my whole Exercise pebble into the jar…just in teeny tiny pieces.
What I’ve like about exercising this way is that since it’s so short, I don’t work up too much of a sweat, and don’t need a shower right afterward (it’s extremely hard to fit in a 30 minute video and a shower when you have other things to go to at night).
You don’t have to do Tabata, like me, to break up your Exercise Pebble. You can exercise how you want with your spare minutes. If you have a few minutes before you have to run to the doctor, then spend them doing lunges or running in place (whatever exercise you like). Just do something physical…and you’ll be amazed at the exercise you squeeze in during odd times. I have.
If you feel overwhelmed and drained by life, then break some of your pebbles into grains of sand and watch the magic happen. Energy abounds, because accomplishing goals and tasks gives you a warm, tingly feeling. Many times it is through small and simple means that great things are brought to pass. So go for the simple.
Other Posts in this Series
- Pebble to Sand 1 – Time Management
- Pebbles to Sand 2 – Cleaning/Organization
- Pebbles to Sand 3 – Nutrition
- Tabata Intervals: What Are They and Are They Right For You (befitwithkristen.com)
- Tabata. What’s that? (livefitwithdeanna.wordpress.com)