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Monday, September 9, 2013

You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail!


I was walking to my mailbox today with my mind wandering (per usual) and I started thinking about how walking to the mailbox is the only physical activity that some people get for the entire day.  I live on about an acre with my house at the back of that acre, so I have a little distance from the front door to the mailbox, but still, one round trip per day hardly accounts for a days worth of activity.  So, I decided to write a workout that you can build on based on your level of fitness.  If you are completely sedentary, start with the 1st exercise only.  Each day (or as you feel stronger) add the next exercise.  By the time you get to the final exercise, this will be a killer workout.  Already in stupendous shape?  Cycle through the whole circuit as many times as you can for 30 minutes and share your score with me( 1 point per round)!  I'd LOVE you to comment any remarks made by your neighbors (or mail carrier) should any of them witness this awesome and not at all wacko behavior :)


All exercises are down and back (from front door to mailbox).  Let me know if you need clarification on any of these.  This is great for one of those days that you didn't think you'd get to workout, but as soon as you opened the door and saw your mailbox you were inspired to just throw in a few rounds.  Print this workout and tape it to the inside of your mailbox as a reminder!

Groundhog Day

I had friend feeling a little blasé and they told me they felt like their life was Groundhog Day (Bill Murray movie, I'm sure you're familiar).  

They were bored with the same day-in-day-out routine with nothing changing.  At first I was thinking, "Yeah, that's lame.  So sorry you're feeling that way."  But, in reality, most of us have a day to day routine that we practice that can be a little mundane.  The beauty of that is that, like Bill Murray's character, each day we can consciously review what we are doing that is either enriching or corrupting our lives.  We can take inventory and rid the negative and amplify the positive until we get it right.  Look at that comfortable routine as an opportunity to develop what will eventually turn into your ideal day.  No one knows how many days it will take to get it right, but once you feel like you've really nailed it, guess what, you have the power to start a new adventure and keep repeating that one until you are satisfied with what you've accomplished.  

So tell me...what would you do if you knew you COULD NOT FAIL?


36 comments:

  1. i truly love the workout you posted. I don't know if I would actually do it, but you got me to thinking!

    What would I do if I couldn't fail? Oh, wow, that's hard. I would say that I would go to New York and join a Broadway musical company, but I doubt I'd really do that at this point in my life. I'm actually pretty content to be doing what I am doing!

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    1. That's so awesome that you are happy with where you are! Being on Broadway sounds like a blast! I've always wanted to do that too!

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  2. What a brilliant way to get in a bit more movement each day. I live on the national highway, I really could entertain some folk by the time I get to #4.

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  3. Love the workout idea!
    If I could not fail I would probably learn another language and/or get my body back in (and that time finally in excellent)shape (3kids really ruin everything inside the body)...
    I love the movie with Bill Murray!

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    1. Those are fantastic goals! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  4. What a great idea, incorporating a workout into a general daily activity like checking the mail. I could use a little more physical activity in my life - I am going to try this!

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  5. Great post...the whole American society could learn a lot about incorporating some more activity into their lifestyles, but we all make ourselves too busy! Many blessings to you.

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  6. I'm not sure what all those activities are, but I love the idea of moving more. I am amazed at how much more active I can be by being mindful of when I am moving. And having little kids in the house is a natural way to get in a lot of movement!

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  7. That would be hysterical. I don't know about doing it to my mailbox, but I would love watching someone else do it. :)
    -Tiff

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  8. This is a great idea, what a fun way to work out! My mailbox is literally right next to my door so I feel I would be cheating a bit! I love the creativity of this!

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  9. I usually go to the gym several times a week and take the classes that are offered. I know if it were just up to me, I would probably be like the people who only walk to their mailbox. The classes force me to work harder than I would on my own too.

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  10. If I knew I would not fail, I'd train for and compete in a triathlon. That would make me happy!

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    1. Awesome goal!! I think you should go for it!!

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  11. Great ideas to try incorporate additional movement throughout the day. I will never think of checking the mail the same way again. Ha, ha!

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  12. lol…opportunity training as we call it in the Army. I love it!

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    1. Oh, I like that phrase LOL! I'll be using that one for sure :)

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  13. Love that you have the opportunity to maximize your time spent walking to the mailbox. Mine is two steps from the door. However most often I prefer to use public transportation so I can walk the 1/2 mile+ to the train or bus. Walking for me, is a great stress reliever. I'm a senior citizen now but if I knew I couldn't fail, I'd learn to ride a bicycle again and ride for miles. Thank you for posting your creative idea.

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  14. This is a great idea. I sometimes walk to the mailbox knowing it is too early but I just enjoy taking a break and getting out of the house and from behind a desk. Now I will still walk too early and on time but with a purpose and an exercise plan. Thank you for the idea.

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  15. This is a smart idea and you would hardly know that you were doing your body and mind good by adding it gradually.

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  16. Haha this is such a good idea! I actually live in an apartment building, so I would not have very long to fit them all in space wise.

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  17. What a lovely idea! We have to take care of our health, and physical activity is so important. So many people have excuses, but where there is a will, there is a way. This is cute.

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  18. not gonna lie to you i needed to hear this today, this mama needs to make some changes. baby steps in the right direction i am thinking

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  19. This is very creative! I've never thought of doing a workout to the mail box but I'm sure it can be adapted to a lot of things if the mailbox is semi-close. Thanks so much for the great idea!

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  20. I love the idea of doing a "to the mailbox" workout, but I would need a post on what all these individual exercises are...This is really a great idea, a good way to get us all working out in an easy way.

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  21. I have seen a lot of workout ideas, but your mailbox idea is a new one. Love it though.

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  22. I have an active toddler and I'm training for a marathon, so I get quite a bit of exercise already. But since I live in an apartment, and my mailbox is extremely close, I'm sure I could fit this in. ;)

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  23. This is interesting! I hope I could just the mailbox idea! I love the background picture too! It makes me want to stretch!!!! :)

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  24. I dance. Not your usual side to side dance, I mean ballet, tap, jazz (contemporary). I get out my music, and I really move (of course, I stretch first). I took dance from the time I was little until my early twenties. I also use You tube for my workouts.

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  25. What a creative idea to get more exercise! Our mailbox is a joint mailbox at the end of the street, so I pass many neighbors' houses to get to it! I suppose it definitely would be entertaining! lol

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  26. If I knew I could not fail, I think I'd help my sister open a cake shop. Kind of counter productive to the whole workout between the house and mailbox though, LOL

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  27. If I thought I could not fail I might go back to school or write a cookbook! I really am quite happy with my job teaching elementary students part time and blogging about food! I am so very inspired by your workout and how it could improve my life so I better go, I have to go get the mail!

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  28. The workout idea is hilarious! I have a hilly driveway so would be quite interesting to tackle any of these on my way to get the mail! I usually end up carrying my toddler down and feel like that's a workout enough!!

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  29. If I knew I couldn't fail I would send in a demo for a record company and be a singer.

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  30. Cute post. I love being active but have been very inactive lately and I feel so guilty for it.
    Relaxed Thairapy

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  31. I love this post. I am thin, but very much out of shape. Suprisingly, though, I've always been very active up until about 4-5 years ago. Then I fell off from working out and any other "active" activities. I'm going to try these out.

    Whitney

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  32. Omg I love this; what a great way to encourage a little exercise from people who may not get it!

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