In honor of Mars (my Sun’s ruler) moving into Virgo (my rising sign), even though it’s still in my 12th house, I felt the need to start this challenge with emphasis on the movin’ part. Now you’d think being an Aries Sun with Mars in Aries conjunct and a Virgo rising, that I’d love exercising and going to the gym.
Nope…not at all. At least not the regular type of exercise. Exercising my jaws to chew food like cookies, potato chips-all the bad stuff, that kind of movement I love! However that kind of movement leads to the movement of my waistline outwards to the point where my jeans start to feel like I’m in one of those magician’s boxes that cuts you in half. Add some ink and you’ve got a waist bead without the beads. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Jeans don’t lie. lol
Plus I hate to go shopping. The only place I want to shop is in my closet-to get back into my clothes where they are comfortable. And to a Virgo rising, comfort and health is crucial. Not to mention its a lot cheaper to wear what I already have and add a few other pieces to freshen up the look than it is to buy bigger clothes.
I also need to get myself moving again because things like heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer are part of my familial past. No surprise as I have Sagittarius on the IC and a Moon-Neptune-Venus t-square with Venus in the 6th. And I’m no spring chicken but I’d like to keep some of that spring in my step as I season. Plus I think part of my mission is to for the buck of the way my folks have lived in the past stop with me and move on in a totally different direction. (Pluto-Uranus conjunct in the 1st conjunct my Ascendant)
What I do love is walking, music and dancing. At the same time I love sports but that sometimes requires at least one other participant. I was looking for a way to move my body in a gentle way, non stop that does not require anyone else, I don’t have to leave home , does not need any special equipment and was not boring. In 2009-2010, my husband and I were going to the park to walk on the mile track that was around a pond. It was close to home but a bit to far away to walk to get to it. We stopped going after someones car was broken into and the city rounded up the geese that were living at the park and killed them. Even if that had not happened, I would not have been comfortable going alone. But I missed how good walking made me feel and not to mention, getting back into jeans I had not been able to comfortably wear for several years.
Soooo…what I’m challenging you to do is join me and make yourself a playlist of your favorite upbeat music and put it on your phone, mp3 player, boom box or whatever you have and “dance walk” for at least 15 minutes non-stop 3-7 days a week inside your house, or in your backyard. I figure why wait until the January 1 to start a healthy regimen again…start now! That’s Mars and Virgo right? 🙂
Ok, I know y’all are asking, what do I mean by “dance walk”? All that means is walking to the beat of the music and dancing a bit while moving forward. Simple but adding a little more flare and fun than just plain walking.
Because you are at home, it takes away the excuse of not being able to afford the gym, getting to the gym, the walking track, it’s raining outside etc.
I started this last week, in my house the first two days then I took it outside, “dance walking” around my backyard. And you know what…it was really fun and like I said earlier, I have walked longer than 15 minutes. As each song came on I wanted to keep going. Its like a party of one. I added more songs to my playlist Friday without knowing how much more time I was adding until I finished walking the playlist. It ended up being 1 hour and yesterday I added a few more songs. I ended up walking 1 1/2 hours! Now I’d like to be able to do that everyday, but I know that might not be possible but I will do at least 15 minutes. In just one week I’m feeling better!
So I’m challenging y’all to do this for at least 15 minutes non-stop 3-7 times per week. Longer if you can but at least 15 minutes. Now even though Mars will only be in Virgo for 6 weeks , this is an open-ended challenge as there is no time limit on health. Hopefully for me and you, this will become a daily practice, just as important as brushing your teeth everyday.
Let’s get Movin’ and Groovin’! Also let me know in the comments a few of the songs on your walking playlist.