Thursday, February 02, 2012

100 day Challenge: 1 month down!

I got through the entire month of January with at least 30 minutes of "intentional movement" every single day.  Most days it was easy to get my 30 minutes in.  The simplest days were when I went out and rode my bike or took Tae Kwon Do class.  I actually got out and rode 320 miles during the month of January.  I don't remember the last time I got out on my bike that much.

There were a few days where I was not convinced I was going to do 30 minutes of exercise.  There was last Monday when I had to work and couldn't take my regular Tae Kwon Do class.  It was miserable rainy day so taking a run or a walk outdoors wasn't really an option.  I'm rather a wimp when it comes to running in the rain when it's 40 degrees out.  So without the benefit of a home gym, treadmill or a bike on a wind trainer one has to become creative.   It was time to do Grandmaster Kim's bowing meditations.  This is something he really feels strongly about his students doing on a daily basis.  I'm not very disciplined about these types of things. 

It's hard to describe exactly what a bowing meditation move is.  I tried to describe in words and then decided there must be something on YouTube.  Sure enough there.  This video isn't exactly how we do it our Tae Kwon Do school, but you'll get the gist of how it goes.  It is a good workout.

I set the timer on my iPhone for 15 minutes and do them. I gave up trying to count.  I'm sure the yoga folks wouldn't approve of my music choice.  I listen to Christian rock worship music while doing it.  Listening to a Christian artist such as Chris Tomlin while doing the bows helps me to focus on God. The time actually passes quickly.  I do them using my hands to lower myself of go down one leg at a time.  It does work the quad muscles and stretches out the back.  After the bows a did a little weight training.  I'm using some of the upper body workouts in the Women's Body for Life book.

This routine works well for me so at least I've found something I go do indoors when all attempts of outdoor activity fails.  I do have some challenges facing me in the upcoming weeks.  Weekend work and some travel will make it so I'll have to force myself to GMBOOBEAE.  That stands for Get My Butt Out Of Bed Early And Exercise.

Stay tuned as I continue to work my way through this journey of movement for the sake of moving.