I have a goal of wanting to lose at least 10 lbs. I’ve had this goal for quite a while, but I can never find the motivation to get myself to the gym or do any exercise for that matter. I work a full-time job and a mom to a two-year old. Between work, trying to get work done around the house and chasing after Sophie for the few hours before bed I am left with no time in between.
When I saw Emily of The Freckled Fox, Alissa of Alissa Circle, Erin of Living in Yellow and Alycia from Crowley Party had teamed together to create the #1800minutechallenge, I was pretty excited. The challenge started April 1st and ends May 31st. What is the #1800minutechallenge? The challenge is to make yourself exercise for 1800 minutes, which equals only 30 minutes a day. 30 minutes, that’s it; I can do that.
I decided to accept that challenge. I had 2 little road blocks that I knew I would have during that time frame:
1. April 4-7 we would be in New York
2. May 16-20 we would be in California
That means zero exercise during that time frame. That meant 120 minutes I would have to make up somewhere. I needed to come up with a way to make up those minutes without killing myself at the gym. Since I sit at a desk all day, my body becomes pretty lethargic so I decided to force myself to get up at least once an hour. Every hour I set my alarm to go off and I get up and walk the entire building I work in. This walk takes about 10 minutes walking at a fast pace. This also means going up four flights of stairs to the top floor which is great for building the glutes, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors and calf muscles.
I work 8 hours a day from 7:00 am-3:30 pm so my walking schedule looks something like this:
10 minutes x 8 = 80 minutes
Yes, you read that right. That is 80 minutes of exercise done completely throughout my work day. If you did this everyday, it would only take your 22 1/2 days to complete your goal of 1,800 minutes. I am fortunate enough that I am able to get up and disappear for 10 minutes at a time, which is great. If you are glued to the desk all day and have the opportunity to get up and move, I highly suggest doing so. This little workout makes my day go by so much faster and I do not feel as tired throughout the day.