January Dare: Move In The Mornings
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.
Let’s do this!!
For those of you who missed my post yesterday, I shared that I have chosen “dare” as my one little word for 2015. I want to dare myself to get out of my comfort zone, push the boundaries, try new things, you name it. I want to be more daring!
But hey, dares are always way more fun in a group, right?! So for anyone else who might be interested in shaking things up a bit this year, I would love to invite you to join me for a few monthly challenges. I’m calling them #gimmesomedares. (Perfect for hashtaging, hint hint!) None of them should be anything hugely difficult or time consuming. I’m just interesting in some fun dares that might make your day a little bit better, a bit more meaningful, and maybe a bit more daring.
Are you in? Well, here’s our first dare for the month of January:
Move In The Mornings
Yep, it’s that simple, and you can interpret it however you’d like. The goal is simply to start your day with movement.
I have mentioned on here many times before that I’m not a natural morning person. As such, I’m often guilty of hitting the snooze button way too many times, racing into my workday, and procrastinating any sort of workout until after late afternoon or evening after work (when the chances of it actually happening are easily reduced to 50%). While I would love to get back into doing my full workouts consistently in the mornings, I know that life happens and that will probably never happen every day.
BUT. I’m a huge believer in the power of getting your heart rate up first thing in the morning, and the energizing effect that it has on both my mind and my body. And I really love the idea just in general of starting your day out prioritizing your health and your body.
So even if it’s just for 1 minute, 10 minutes, or doing a full 30- or 60-minute workout, the dare for January is simply to start your day out with SOME sort of movement.
Ideas For How To Get Movin’
If this is already how you begin your days, then power to ya! If you need a few ideas on how to get started, though, here is a little list that I made for myself.
- Jumping Jacks
- Jump Rope
- Run stairs
- Go for a walk around the block
- 5-Minute Arm workout
- Hit Ever Muscle In 5 Minutes workout
- (Or a combination of any of the 1-minute workouts above)
- 10-Minute Kitchen Cardio with Sadie Lincoln (Barre3)
- 10-Minute Basic Pilates by Spark People
- 10-Minute Cardio Workout by Jillian Michaels
- (Or a combination of any of the 1- or 5-minute workouts above)
Of course, you can also do a longer full workout and/or go to the gym. But these are a few ideas to get you movin’ if you’re feeling rushed.
Whatever you choose to do, the whole point is just to get your heart rate up and move in the mornings. I’m convinced that it’s the best way to begin your day, and usually has a way of making the rest of your day all the better too.
So January, let’s get movin’! (And if you do, be sure to hashtag #gimmesomedares #moveinthemornings so that I can cheer you on! And thanks to my friend Sarah for coming up with the name of this month’s dare!)