Wake-up with the second or the third alarm, and start doing ankle stretches—10x each of 4 side stretches. Chewie senses my feet moving, and starts snuggling-up tighter, while also turning his belly up. So, the ankle stretches are quickly followed by a couple of minutes of belly rubs, snuggles and kisses.
Then I get off the bed, and do a small set of yoga stretches on the floor—10x lower back stretches, 10x cat stretches, a couple of baby stretches, down dogs and roll-ups. Chewie occasionally joins me for the stretches, though many days he just stays sprawled on the bed.
After the floor stretches, I kick him off the bed, and make the bed—not as well as him, but I do.
Only after that, do we head downstairs to drink water, make coffee, feed Chewie, and take him out for his morning business. I’m wide awake before the coffee is ready.
It’s bright1. It’s beautiful. And it’s unmissable.
Beautiful and unmissable – Those are top qualities in a product that I have to use thrice a day, to stretch my troublesome hip flexors and back.
No one likes stretching – it hurts, is boring, and has no adrenaline (or ego muscle) boosting effects of other exercises. Moreover, I need to do these thrice a day, unprompted!
So, I put on my self-designed design thinking hat, and ordered the exercise block in a colour that I can’t, and don’t want to, miss. Every sight of it reminds me I need to stretch, and it’s hard to not catch sight of it. And in a colour that beautiful, I want to use it – even if for painful stretches!