What can you do in 5 minutes?

How are things going? Have you been spending lots of time in front of the computer, working? I know I have!

I wanted to share with you today a technique I learned a few years ago from a business coach named Racheal Cook It’s called the Pomodoro technique, and I find it really effective to stay productive and not burn out. It's also really quite simple to implement. The basic idea is that you work in 25 minute chunks and then take a 5 minute break to do something else. For example, if you love checking Facebook or your email, you could do that during your 5 minute break, and then after your 5 minute break you’d go back and do another 25 minute chunk of work.

I’ve been thinking about it in terms of bringing more movement into our lives. In those 5 minute breaks you could do a little movement practice. Think about it, if you worked 8 hours during the day you’d get in 80 minutes worth of movement over the course of the day – how awesome is that?!

Now, you might be thinking – what the heck can I do in 5 minutes? My answer is… a lot! If you’re not sure where to start you could

  • Check out my You Tube page where we’ve been building a little library of Movement Bites – many are about 5 minutes long.
  • Pick your 3 favorite yoga poses – maybe ones that don’t need a huge set up and do them.
  • Take a 5 minute walk around your home our outside your home.
  • Take 5 minutes to look outside and let your eyes have a chance to look at something far away. Your eye muscles work differently when they are looking at something close like a computer screen versus when they are looking at something at a distance.
  • Close your eyes and breathe 3 breaths, and then with your eyes closed, trace a clock with your eyes starting at 12 (looking up) and move your eyes around to each imaginary number clockwise and repeat counter-clockwise.
  • Put on your favorite music and dance around for 5 minutes (we frequently do dance parties in our house and they never fail to raise our energy, our focus, and our spirits).
  • Pick your 3 favorite “work-out” type moves – think jumping jacks, squats, push ups, burpees (come on, I know you love them) and and intersperse them throughout your day.
  • Lie on the floor and just move around intuitively.
  • Lie on your back and rest your legs up in a chair or couch, or straight up a wall.
  • Climb up and down the stairs (if you have stairs) for 5 minutes. You can vary the speed at which you go up and down them, seeing how many times you can go up and down in a minute. You can also vary the way you got up and down them – maybe using your hands and feet instead of just your legs or going up them backwards .

Ok – so there are some ideas to get you going. Keep moving friends and keep trying to move in different ways, mindfully and skillfully. Moving and having variety in your movements not only keeps it fun and interesting, but allows your body to become more resilient.

Have fun and let me know what you’re doing! You can take a picture or video of you during your 5 minute movement break and post it on our
Facebook page!

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