The Two-Minute Toothbrush Workout
Recently, I got an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer. This, according to the American Dental Association, is how long we should brush. This particular toothbrush is unique because it pulses at 30-second intervals. Basically, you can divide your mouth into four sections, and it will let you know when it’s time, for example, to move from brushing the upper to the lower left side.
I’m sure I’ve brushed my teeth for two minutes without such a toothbrush, but knowing it was going to take two minutes just made it seem longer. I’m always trying to maximize my time. Like most of us, I often feel that the days fly by, and that there isn’t enough time to get done everything I want and need to accomplish. Also, as a blind person, some things just take me longer, so I look for productive ways to equalize the difference.
Thus, the Two-Minute Toothbrush Workout was born. During the first 30 seconds, I hold a squat position. For the second 30 seconds, I concentrate on tightening my abdominals and making sure I am standing correctly. For the remaining two sets of 30 seconds, I first stand on my right leg, and then on my left. I am not very good at this yet, so I may have a few attempts during that time.
Of course, if you don’t have an electric toothbrush with a timer, you can always set a timer, count in your head, or find other blocks of “down time” you can maximize. Many people have mentioned doing some sort of workout during commercials or while waiting for their food to heat. In my mind, the biggest benefit of doing these mini workouts and pairing them with everyday tasks is that we get continual reminders to focus on our health. And of course, this is limitless. You can do other mini workouts than the ones I’ve listed above, or you can improve your mental and emotional health by listening to a favorite song, listing things for which you are grateful, praying or meditating, nurturing yourself by applying a favorite lotion – the possibilities are endless. I love thinking about ways to transform something as ordinary as brushing my teeth into a brief window of time that is restorative and maybe even sacred.
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