Emily Nelson Who wants to exercise?!! Who wants to get that heart pumping and burn some calories?!?!  I do!  But do I have to get off the couch to do it?!?!

Exercising is so good in theory.  I mean, don’t we all want to walk up 2 flights of stairs and not be winded?  Wouldn’t we all desire buns of steel?  Yes, but…the work involved seems insurmountable especially if the only exercise we are getting these days is raising our fork to our mouths!  The number of reps required, the spandex you have to squeeze into, and the gym membership to buy are such stumbling blocks to getting it done.

Exercising can be so daunting.

 

tennis shoesBut what if I told you, you could get great benefit by just walking for 15 minutes a day?  Does that seem doable? There is no equipment or cost involved…lace up your tennys and go! Each day as your muscles get stronger and your lung capacity increases you’ll be able to walk longer and farther adding health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, decreasing the chance of getting some diseases, boosting your balance and improving your mood.  Ah, those you live and work with will thank you for that last one!

So walk on!  It’s exercise!  It counts!

As we humans don’t have a natural bent towards kindness, think of Kindness like a muscle we need to exercise.  We need to make a conscious effort to practice kindness in our daily. Maybe it starts at home… taking out the trash even though its not your turn, giving a back rub to your tired spouse, offering your roommate that last piece of cake.

As your kindness capacity grows you can look for ways to be kind in your neighborhood. That single parent down the street who always seems so frazzled.  What about dropping off a meal or even a bouquet of flowers to let them know you care?

Then once you feel yourself getting stronger you can flex your kindness muscle at work, school, church or commuter train.  What would kindness look like there?  How can you be kind to that co-workder you don’t see eye-to-eye with? How can you show kindness to that one who always seeks the limelight and the ‘I am right’ light?  That might call for some heavy lifting, but your muscles are building, so you let them have their way…anyway.  Sure, you might get out breath with this kind of workout, but, my friends, the benefits are plentiful!  Practicing Kindness will help you maintain a healthy mindset, decrease the chance of letting bitterness or brattiness prevail, maintain the balance in your heart, mind and soul and improve your mood.  Ah, those you live and work with will thank you for that last one!

Now, we all won’t become Mother-Teresa-Kind overnight.  She was a marathoner!  But I bet she started out with one kindness, one person at a time.  Baby steps. Around the block.  A few minutes every day.

Come on!  Strap on your Kindness Tennys and let’s go for a walk! Join The Beyond Kindness Tour and we will work out our kindness muscle together! When you sign up you’ll get a weekly Kindness Focus emailed to you that will give you ideas on how to exercise your Kindness muscle.  Grab some friends! Let’s get Kindness-fit together!

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