You Can Do ANYTHING for 10 Seconds

My April 30-Day Fitness Challenge for FD has come to an end. April was a month of many different types of crunches, lunges, and squats, plus a few oddly named exercises. It was ultimately invigorating to roll out of bed every morning and do a quick burst of exercise to start my day. As an aside, I recently started watching Tina Fey’s new show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In one episode, she mentions that you can do anything for 10 seconds (or repetitions). I repeated that to myself a lot this month–usually starting around burpee #12 of 100 or crunch #42 of 200–and surprisingly, the advice is pretty accurate! I could always find it in myself to give 10 more crunches for FD (and then 10 more on top of that, and 10 more on top of that…) If I can give 10, so can you!

Somehow, tomorrow is May 1, which means I start my new challenge: Walking.

Five years ago, when I was living in Boston, I often found myself walking home from work in Fort Point to my apartment in Brookline. The distance on it’s own sounds pretty long at first, but like Kimmy’s advice, broken down into shorter chunks, it seemed far less a feat. Fort Point to South Station? No problem. South Station to Downtown Crossing? Easy. One step after another, and before I knew it, I was home. That window of time is a great opportunity to listen to a book or podcast, catch up with friends or family, or just decompress before or after a long day…favorite activities that I rarely get to with my work and school schedule.

The walk from my work to my home in Washington DC is approximately 3 miles and takes about an hour, on average. Although I do walk between work and home once or twice a week, this month I’m going to step it up. During the month of May, I will walk to or from work a minimum of 3x per week. I aim to walk every day, but as I listen to the thunder outside while I’m writing this blog, I recognize that sometimes weather and my work/school schedule will not permit me to commit to 5x per week. I’ll share MapMyRun images throughout the month so show that I’m keeping up my end of the bargain. And of course, this StickK part of the challenge: If I fail, StickK will decide which of their “anti-charities” my $200 will go to; as I am not eager to support the NRA, a Republican Super PAC, an anti-gay-marriage charity, or anything else to that effect, you better believe you will find me walking…10 steps at a time!