Always Say Yes to 10 Minutes

It's Sunday night at 10pm. 

I am physically exhausted from an emotionally harrowing day (a family illness and the drama surrounding) but mentally wired trying to think of what I can do to help. The long and the short of it is, I am no where near sleep. But somewhere in the haze I know that sleep was what my body needed. 

I feel sluggish and amped all at the same time. My muscles feel like cranky wet cement electrified by overstimulated nerves. I've been staring at the computer, talking on the phone, pacing my empty living room. And then I notice that my cat has decided that the brand new TRX suspension trainer dangling from the bedroom door frame is the best cat toy ever. 

  Oh TrashCat. This is why we can't have nice things! 

Oh TrashCat. This is why we can't have nice things! 

But it shifts my focus, and I decide to bang out a quick workout. I tell myself: Just do 10 minutes of SOMETHING. 

After all my shoulder has been bothering me, and I know some pulling movements will set it straight.  So I pick the two exercises I know will be best for my body: TRX Low Rows (to strengthen my mid back and help support my shoulder) and TRX Single Leg Squats (to continue building strength to support healthy knee function since I'm still recovering from a partially torn meniscus). I tell myself: Just do 3 sets of those two back to back no rest (also known as a superset.) And I start in!

While I'm working, I mentally give myself permission to add on any exercises that feel like they would be fun and challenging once I finish 3 rounds of my superset. It's the reward for the necessary work. 

Before I know it, the 3 sets of Rows and Single Leg Squats are over (whew!) and I'm on to the fun stuff. I test out some pikes, single leg glute bridges, planks, single leg hinges with a star,  and some teasers with a twist.

I'm sweaty, satisfied, curious, and grounded for the first time that day. 

In the end, I overshot my 10 minute goal and spent 20 minutes total working out. 

Afterwards I slept like a dream, and woke up refreshed. Now I'm having a cup of coffee and sharing my story with you. I hope I can inspire you to always say yes to 10 minutes of something good for your body.

It can make a world of difference.