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Need Some Motivation? One Minute Might Work

By Sandy Schroeder

Right now many of us are looking for motivation to exercise, get household tasks done, pay the bills and show up for work at our desks. Sometimes all of these efforts collide. That's when we begin to go sideways, and seriously look for a boost in motivation.

WellAndGood.com steps up to provide the one-minute trick. They advise us to trick ourselves into our workouts, but I think that concept might be stretched to encompass most of what we do. Consider what might happen in these situations.

You take a minute to sit down at your computer - You might scan emails or examine a project? You might get pulled in and stick around to do all of your emails, work on individual documents or go on to complete a project.

You head for the kitchen - You might take a minute to clean off the counter. You might go right on to start dinner, clean out the fridge, and surprise your kids with a batch of peanut butter cookies.

You pause to look at your bills - Take a minute to review if you are up-to-date, and you might go on to balance your accounts, restructure some dates, or even pause to scan the month and see how your budget Is working out.

You take one minute to exercise - WellAndGood.com says, "Tell yourself you're going to do just one minute of yoga, or one minute of squats, or one minute of push-ups. Once you get started, you are apt to do more."

Deep down we all know that whatever it is, getting started is more than half the battle. Most of us really enjoy time on our yoga mats, or a quick run on the treadmill. We also feel much better when one stretch turns into 30 minutes of flexing the body.

The endorphins really do take over when you start exercising, and it really does feel good to have a kitchen cleaned, bills paid or a special work project wrapped up.

At the same time, your health may get a lift when the exercises deepens your breath to send more oxygen to your brain and pumps more blood to increase circulation.

Your tension, anxiety or worries may drop back too as you take control of household cleanups, get some work done, and get caught up with your budget and bills.

Taking one minute here and there may be surprisingly effective for you and your family. If it works, see if there might be other areas where it might apply. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebr.

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