In an attempt to live my life for ‘me’, as well as for others, I am embarking on increasing my exercise and fitness. I know exercise can improve both physical and mental health. It is something highly recommended for trauma and PTSD survivors.
It was my Birthday this week, and I received a Fitbit, which is great, because it keeps track of your fitness, weight, water intake etc. Mine is a lovely turquoise colour, which I love.
I am nowhere near the 10,000 steps per day, recommended as a healthy average. So, this encourages me to take my dog out every day, and go to the gym and use the treadmill, use my cross trainer at home. This in addition to the yoga, Pilates & guided visualisation meditation, I am doing weekly – which I really enjoy.
I joke that my Fitbit ‘shames’ me into exercise. But the reality is, it really highlights how unfit I am, and how my fitness routine – definitely needs to be ‘stepped up’. (Do ya see what I did there lol 😉 ).
Tomorrow, I have my day planned. Walk my son into class, which is up a hill and back to the car. Get home, and take my dog for a walk. Then yoga and meditation. Then later on in the afternoon – take my son to volunteering (which is where the gym & fitness classes are) and use the gym. Try to do 20 minutes walking on the treadmill, as well as some of the weight machines.
If that doesn’t get me to 10,000 steps, then I don’t know what will!
I also want to add a weekly Zumba class to my routine, as I love dance and I know that really gets you moving. And I hope that hour of exercise, will register on my Fitbit too.
Fitbit – is a good self care buddy and hopefully we will have a very happy relationship!
And I truly am hoping to see an improvement in my fitness, physical and mental health, as a result.
And to know, I am doing this first and foremost – for me.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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