Everyone has spare minutes that are just wasted away throughout the day. What if you maximized that lost time to start making positive changes in your life? These one-minute activities, done throughout the day, will help you start living your life instead of watching it pass you by. Start with ten activities, just ten minutes spread throughout the day, and work your way up from there. From sitting at a traffic light to waiting in line at the store or in a doctor's office, there are plenty of lost moments that can be filled with meaning and purpose instead.
Take a minute to give your personal diety, the universe, creation, or just plain fate that you have what you have. It's easy to focus on what we don't have, but take a minute to give thanks for what you do have. Be specific. Home. Car. Job. Family, Cold Beer. Whatever it is you're grateful for, give thanks.
Take a minute and daydream about where you want your life to go. What is your most important goal over the next week, month, or even year? What is the very first (or next) thing that you need to achieve that goal? Add that thing to the top of your to-do list.
It's downright freaky how calming a few deep breathes can be. Those breathes soothe the spirit and cleanse the soul, opening yourself to the wonders of the universe that surround you. Breathe in deeply through your nose and then gently out through your mouth. Repeat until a minute or two is up.
There's something special about a smile. Not only is a welcoming gesture to those around you, smiling releases serotonin and endorphins that can improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and relieve stress. Just try being upset when smiling - it's not easy! :-D
It's been shown that a clean and clutter-free environment helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Take a Minute and declutter something, starting with your wallet and/or purse. Get rid of anything you no longer need. Doesn't it feel good to get rid of useless garbage?
In the hectic lives we lead, it's easy to lose touch with dear friends. You still care for them dearly and welcome any chance to see them, even if it's years in between. But, one way to let them know that you still care and are thinking about them is to send a postcard. It takes but a Minute and it will brighten someone's entire day!
Whether you want to brush up on that high school French or learn Norwegian on your own, you can do so in just minutes a day! The actual learning part may require you sitting down with a book or something for 30-60 minutes a few times a week, but vocabulary or verb conjugations can be easily reviewed one minute at a time. Make some flashcards and keep them handy.
Math can be hard for some people, while other people pick it up rather easily. Many of us tend to forget the basic arithmetic we learned in school, especially basic multiplication and division factors. Sure, you can whip out your smart phone while at the grocery store, but that won't help work your brain and keep it healthy. Why not re-learn your multiplication factors up to 12 again or freshen up those division skills?
Trying to read a fiction novel one minute at a time is not only frustrating, but it takes away from the goal of fiction - escapism. It's hard to read a story one minute at a time, but a technical book where you learn something may be best read in small chunks. Do you want to learn to garden? To run a half-marathon? To build a treehouse? To learn basic home how-tos? Whatever you want to learn, grab a book and learn one minute at a time!
Aside from learning new stuff, we also need to nourish our brains. Our brain requires about 20% of our calorie intake, so drink and eat foods that will keep your brain well fed. A good brain needs good nutrition. Green tea may help prevent the formation of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
Just as we have to exercise our bodies, we need to exercise our brains to keep them young and healthy. Doing everyday tasks in a different manner is one way to achieve this. Take a Minute and read a paragraph of text upside down. Bonus if it's in a foreign language!
Think back to the first person you interacted with today outside of your home. Try to recall five details about that person. What were they wearing? Did they have on any jewelry? How did they wear their hair? What did they sound like? Etc.
This one is great for the core, which supports all of the other muscle groups. It looks easy, but it can be a challenge, especially at first! Try this, one minute at a time.
Set your time and begin. I like to mix it up, doing ten crunches followed by ten leg lifts to target the lower abs, and repeat until the minute is up.
These are good for your legs and butt. You can do stationary squats, the mobile equivalent, lunges, or a combination of both. Just one minute and you're golden.
The dreaded pushup. I used to hate these, and still do to some extent. I have a wrist that used to be prone to ganglion cysts, making pushups extremely painful. I've been blessed to not have a flare up in years, but I still don't like pushups. But, pushups are good to tone the chest and biceps. I will do a combination of full-on, traditional pushups to modified version using my knuckles or being down on my knees instead. The goal is simply to work these muscle groups for a minute straight.
Jumping jacks, seriously? Yes! These are a great way to quickly get your heartbeat racing to provide a little burst of fitness when you need a break from the desk. Get on up, set your timer, and jump away...!
Anytime I have the option to take the stairs or an elevator, I will take the stairs if it's just a few floors. I also live on the second floor of my apt. building. So, whenever I have a free minute or two, I will briskly walk up and down the steps to get the heartbeat up and work those glutes.
Building a better you, one minute at a time!
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