Okay, my Dears. This is pure, unadulterated, bossy meddling. (But don’t let that put you off.)
See, here’s the deal. If you’re tired. If you’re depressed. If you’re stressed (see what I did there?) WALK. Why am I saying this? I’m preaching to you and me both.
In the summer in particular, my energy wanes. I blame it on a combination of the weird schedule (kids out of school, I’m juggling working from home) and the heat. Those factors combine to give me an excuse not to move, and I feel like a depressed slug who can hardly get out of bed. (How’s that for a visual?)
But I know the antidote from experience. MOVE. The problem is consistency.
So, this week, I’ve challenged myself with 6 things that I will do everyday. They aren’t hard, but they are challenging enough to, well, challenge me. One of them is to walk 6000 steps each day. It’s a low-ball number; that’s intentional. It’s enough to force me to go out for a walk, but not so high that I can’t reach it. Basically, if I take one or two 25-minute walks, I get 6,000-10,000 steps. If I miss my goal one day this week, you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to try again the next day. I won’t quit.
So where does the bossy come in? I know some of you are tired — and you have PERFECTLY VALID REASONS TO BE. I know that you’re so tired, you feel like you can’t move. But please — try. Try to walk 20 minutes. Try to get on a stationary bike. Listen to music or your favorite podcast. Grab a friend and go for a walk together. But move. Just a little. Set a goal to try for a week, and that you won’t quit until you’ve tried.
I think you will be fairly amazed that, within the space of that week, you’ll have more energy. And you may even see your outlook brightening a bit.