Best core workout (Janathon 16/31)

laughingThere is no better core workout than spending the evening with a bunch of friends laughing to the point of crying.  Tonight was Bunco night and rest day from running.  So after work I did a little bit of stretching, changed to some comfy clothes and headed out to spend some quality time with friends.  I can’t think of a better way to work out your abs and your attitude than laughing.  Probably the only issue with all this was the amount of food you consume while sitting around the table with snacks right by your hands.  But I’m telling you, my attitude is happier and I know for sure my abs will ache in the morning.  Oh and did I mention, we were playing a game where you have to get up from one table and move to another every 2 minutes or so.  So I am pretty sure I got some squats in and probably walked about 1/2 mile back and forth.  laughing1

Janathon update for 16/31:

15 minutes of stretching

3 hours of laughing/core work out

3 hours worth of getting up and moving/squats

and Probably 1/2 mile walked

So a win, win evening.  Plus I won $16 at the end of the night!!!  🙂

Happy 16th day of January/Janathon!

 

The Best Medicine…

laughterIt’s laughter.  You thought I was gonna say running, didn’t you?  Well that is a great daily vitamin but really laughter is the best medicine.  I try to make it part of my life on a daily basis but often it gets lost along with my smile especially when I feel overwhelmed.  But really this is when I/we should be trying our best to smile and/or laugh.

Yesterday, I felt like crap.  (I can say that right, this is my blog!)  Well I woke up and struggled to swallow and my head was congested.  For some this would be the opportunity to call work and let them know that you will be taking a sick day.  For me, that is not an option.  No work, no pay!  Not a fun aspect of my job either.  Anyway, off I went armed with my hand sanitizer, green tea, and trying not to think about how crappy I felt.  I made it through my day and was even thankful when my last client of the day had to reschedule for today (insert first real smile of the day cause I got to go home early).  I know, I know, get to the medicine part!  Because really I still felt kinda crappy.  We had a dinner event we had to attend.  I was looking forward to someone else cooking and the fact there would be a comedian at the end of the night was going to be fun too.  But oddly enough he was not the medicine, I mean I laughed at his jokes and was entertained, it just wasn’t the best medicine.  laughter1

The best medicine came in the form of my new stand-up comedy routine I performed for just our diners at our table.  Now I don’t really have a stand-up comedy routine but as many of my longtime friends will tell you, once I get on a role telling jokes, it is hilarious!  I’m not kidding, I’m funny and not just funny looking!  At times, I was laughing so hard I had tears coming from my eyes.  And you know what, it worked.  I felt so good after that short 20 minute conversation, my crappy day was gone, my stuffy head was no longer achy.  Was it a miracle drug?  No, it was just laughing.  Fully belly, tears in my eyes, huge smile on my face, laughter!

So I guess the therapeutic advice you can take from this is take a moment to find something funny in your day, something that puts a smile on your face because believe me it can cure just about anything!laughter2