A Little Something-Something

I got a little somethin’ for ya. (I got a little somethin’ for you. Na na na na na na na na na! MN8—I’ve Got a Little Something For You

I think we can all agree that something is better than nothing (and I’ll give you just three guesses to figure out just what it is). It’s possible to go from Couch to 10K but not all in one go. I’ve been recently inspired to bring back a little exercise to my morning routine which had become stumble-from-bed-to-couch-via-coffee-making. Then the lovely Paula Pant alerted me to the importance of marginal gains in her Afford Anything “Make Mornings Awesome” blog:

If you launch with an ambitious 20-minute goal, you’ll quit at the first inconvenience — before habit-formation. Instead, create marginal gains. If you don’t meditate yet, start with one to two minutes. You can’t scale unless you’ve cemented the habit first.

I spent years telling myself I “didn’t have time” to exercise in the morning. Then I discovered this routine: Stretch for one minute. I mean this literally. Set the timer on your phone for 60 seconds. When the timer finishes, try jumping jacks, burpees, or planking for one minute. Total time commitment: two minutes. What’s the point? You’ll feel better (even after two minutes). More importantly, you’re building a habit. Two minutes can later extend to four minutes, which becomes eight. Nice job.

I started renewing this habit with stretching while the kettle boils and then doing some basic exercises while the coffee brews. And now I’m using Apps to reach the dizzying heights of doing 5 minutes of Yoga and a 7-minute workout pre and during caffeination preparations. This is energising and makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something whilst still in pyjama mode and then I can read on the couch with a coffee like nature intended. Likewise, a lofty blog of 500 words like this can begin as random ideas in the notes bit of my phone or typed in a stream of consciousness as Kerouac intended; “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry”. *

What can you start doing a little something-something of friends? After all, Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day.

Love and light and take this tag, tear it off your wrap, cause the gift that I got ain’t goin’ back xxx Yvette

MN8-I’ve Got a Little Something for You (Video)

Afford Anything: Marginal Gains https://affordanything.com/one-percent-margin-for-improvement-aggregation-of-marginal-gains/

5-minute yoga app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.olsonapps.fiveMinYoga&hl=en

Butt workout and fitness app: (prioritise the booty as Beyoncé intended) https://apps.apple.com/au/app/butt-workout-and-fitness-app/id869170275

*Jack Kerouac: Desolation Angels

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