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The 15-Minute Mandate

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day one of NOT sitting. Pretty amazing. Each time I sat down, I set my timer for 60 min... when the alarm went off, I got up and did something for 15 min: watering flowers, cooking, cleaning, running to the store.

Suddenly I was out of errands and chores, yet my alarm was blaring next to me... so I was like, "Hmm, need to do something for 15 min.. but what?" So, I put on Bob Harper's Weight Loss Yoga and did 15 min of that. PHEW... talk about a workout. After 15 min I was pretty tired and needed a break, but that is OK, because the 15 min was OVER.. so I sat back down and studied / browsed the internet for 60 min... and then did it again, with the next 15 min of the video. And you know what? I feel like my studying was more productive than when I used to just sit there with a bunch of coffee for hours at a time, trying to cram stuff into my brain.

By the end of the day I had completed the ENTIRE DVD (I had never been able to do it all in one day before!!!). Tomorrow I think I will do the same thing with a Tai Chi DVD -- in 15 min increments, spread throughout my study and leisure time.

These mini-workouts are so much more doable and less daunting than trying to do an hour all at once... I know Sparkpeople has long touted the benefits of short workouts (like Coach Nichole videos), but I guess it didn't sink in my thick skull until I actually TRIED it...

Short increments of fitness, multiple times per day, really are easier to handle than one long workout -- and possibly better for the metabolism, if the studies I have been reading lately are correct.

I think I might really be onto something here... if I can burn through one DVD per day most days of the week, that's at least 5+ hours of yoga/tai chi/pilates/aerobics/strength trianing per week (not counting the days I actually go to the gym!!!). That is a SUBSTANTIAL and NONTRIVIAL amount of hours!!! Plus it all fits in with my long stints of study time. In the past I'd struggled to do ANY workout DVDs, despite planning to do them... but here I am now, actually doing it, and not feeling dead after completing one. And not feeling like I have no time in the day. EVERYTHING is getting done... I am so productive and it is making me feel amazing!

Also, this plan is making me cook more. The thought of "what can I do for 15 min?" often ends with me marinating some meat for dinner, throwing some stuff in the crock pot, frying up some bacon for weekly breakfasts, or making a nice salad and packing it up for our lunches the next day.

BASICALLY, and I say this with great enthusiasm and unbridled joy, I am teaching myself how to NOT procrastinate on things that need to be done, haha. :) And it's EASY. Like, I never get that sluggish "UGH DON'T WANNA GET UP" feeling that I had after sitting for too long; my metabolism doesn't have a chance to slow down, so it's not hard to rev it back up. Very little "will-power" is required.

I'm feeling so optimistic.

Here are my new, ever-evolving Weekly Goals:
1. 60 min of Sitting = 15 min of Movement. No excuses.
3. Stay below 150g net carbs per day (no carbs after 3 pm).

Short, huh??? The first rule just makes everything so much easier to get done, haha.

Along with DVDs, I'm incorporating my HIIT and my full-body ST into this split-workout format, and I will be doing them on the days I feel up to it. Tabata intervals also fit nicely into this format. So does the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. On days when I don't feel amazing, I will probably just do Tai Chi, gentle yoga, maybe Walk Away the Pounds... basically just playing it by ear. I'm not scheduling any "rest days," but if I need one, I will just convert the 15 min of movement into cooking / chores / walking leisurely or something (Active Rest).

The nicest thing about this 15-Minute Mandate is that it forces me to find new DVDs / workout routines to keep things interesting, since I need to do -something- every hour. I feel like this is going to change my life. :)

Now, excuse me while I go have the best night's sleep of my life. SO TIRED!
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  • _BABE_
    You are hitting it on all fronts my dear...where next in the fitness adventure?
    2651 days ago
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    This is great! I'm going to have to try this as well. I have a pretty sedentary job and when I'm not at work I'm usually studying. And I can never figure out why I don't have time to clean or cook enough - I think this will help me tons!
    2651 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Wonderful plan, so interesting to see how it will go. Well done!
    2651 days ago
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    2651 days ago
    Great stuff!! So doable!

    Love the timer rule. So smart. Your back will bless you for years to come!
    Have to share this with a friend who just refuses to get up.

    Funny, you should mention Tai Chi. I just saw a picture of older women doing it and thought -- that looks pretty cool for balance, even before I become an "older" woman.

    So positive -- yes, yes, yes -- Good things -- Great things! -- are going to happen!
    2651 days ago
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