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Post contributed by Christy Coleman, Group Fitness Coordinator, Campus Recreation

“To change the world, start with one step. However small, the first step is hardest of all.” – Dave Matthews Band

I can totally relate to this lyric!  I graduated from Auburn University in 1991 and recently decided to apply to Auburn’s Graduate School to pursue a master’s degree in Physical Activity and Health.  For the past 24+ years, I raised children, read books to preschoolers, and solved elementary math problems.  Preparing to take the GRE was a monumental goal!  Fear gripped me as I looked over the GRE prep manual (all 893 pages), so I put off taking the test… for two years.  Fear has a way of keeping you from taking that first step – no matter how small – by finding other “more important” tasks to take priority.

Finally in 2015, I registered for the GRE.  Registering wasn’t hard.  I did it online, yet it took every ounce of courage I could muster.  Why?  It meant I was committing to put myself out there.  It meant I would have to wake up brain cells dormant for many years.  Would I succeed?  Or, would I fail miserably?

Perhaps starting an exercise program has the same effect on you.  You wonder “Where do I start?” or “Will I be able to do it…successfully?”  I have an answer to both questions – Deskercise!  And yes, everyone can do Deskercise and be successful.  Deskercise is a new program launched by the Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center for anyone ready to take that first step.  Deskercise divides a 40-minute workout into eight 5-minute sessions in the comfort of your own office.

Photo of DESKERCISE ElabWhy Deskercise?

  • It’s time-friendly. Only five minutes for each scheduled break, so take many throughout your day!
  • It’s convenient. You don’t have to change clothes or locations (for most exercises), so you can move right where you are.
  • It’s simple. Each movement focuses on strength, flexibility, or mobility in the most basic form.  This truly is the first step to start moving.

Visit the Deskercise site to get started TODAY.  The first step doesn’t have to be hard at all.

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