Physical Activity For At Least An Hour A Day!

Alright! So over the past few months I've noticed I've been slacking on physical activity for myself! I used to be more active from my tennis tournaments back in high school and before my BSN nursing classes began. I've been able to eat 3 meals a day with healthy snacks in between for a 2 years now (which I wasn't able to do for awhile because I had no appetite during breakfast). Now I am ready to feel physically fit so that I am less fatigued, have stamina to work, and go to clinicals strong! I am motivated to also connect with some of my nursing student friends on face time or zoom meetings to gather around and do some work outs. My goals is to do some Yoga/stretching for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes of warm up, and the remainder of time to different exercise techniques! Hopefully, I can do this for at least 6 months to start! By doing this, not only am I motivating myself and shaping myself to feel more stronger and energized, but it's also a motivator for the people around me to join in with no judgements! Little steps make huge differences! I'm going to start small and see if I can progress in my work out plans! I am just going to do my best and think positive!
Posted by Steffi on Aug 6, 2020 4:55 PM America/Chicago

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  • Posted Fri 25 Sep 2020 04:06 AM CDT
Alright so just a quick update! I recently finished my nursing exams for LEVEL 2 part 1 and will be entering med. surg. nursing next! I'm super excited which motivates me even more to work hard at taking good care of myself, building up that stamina and energy for clinicals! If I can't take care of myself, I know I won't be able to take care of others! That being said, Yoga for me has been a great mindfulness activity to get me ready for the morning and relaxed at night. If you check out my DAY 1 commentary, nothing much has really changed from that except I now include morning and night yoga, not just yoga at night. I can absolutely see the difference in my body strength and flexibility. Yoga has been a great activity for me to get into shape, warm-up before or after exercises, and help me prepare for the next day or morning. 
  • Posted Fri 14 Aug 2020 09:44 PM CDT
Day 1: 
Step one- Yoga [Sometimes it's very difficult to start immediately on working out. It's also important to stretch and be in the right mind frame before exercising to prevent injuries! I did 15:34 min video on Youtube with my yoga mat and water besides me. I highly recommend  Yoga With Adriene, on Youtube to help guide you to work on safe stretching and body warm ups].
Step two- Exercise [I haven't been exercising in awhile, so it's best to start small then work your way up. Yesterday, I worked on 30 mins of basic exercises such as push ups, sit ups, 5lb weight exercises, and plank work outs with 30 sec breaks in between each work out to hydrate and have a short break]
Step three- Hydrate and relaxation [After working out I did a 5 min water break and bathroom break to hydrate and recharge. Then one of my friends heard I was doing some Yoga and wanted to join me through facetime! So the remainder of the hour, we both did some yoga and final stretches to prevent cramps and to relax through mindfulness and grounding techniques]. 

Total exercise time estimated: 1 hour
Total water consumption: 3 bottles 
Final comments: Felt good about myself last night and this morning, I feel motivated to do it again today! If anyone has any favorite work outs or exercise routines that you'd like to share please feel free to comment :) 
  • Posted Fri 07 Aug 2020 02:03 PM CDT

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