I’m probably not going out on much of a limb to say that most of us have to schedule our “wellness” time — whether it’s for pole, massage/spa treatments, heading to the gym, or something else entirely. But taking care of yourself is one of the best and most important things you can do in this world. Even on an airplane we’re told that in case of emergency, fix your own oxygen mask before helping someone else with theirs. Sometimes it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and I’m sure that pole gets the short end of the stick on occasion. So how can you make time to pole or do pole-related activities? Here are a few suggestions: IN THE KITCHEN. Yes! Dance or do floorwork or flexibility work while you’re waiting for food to cook. You might feel a little silly but who cares? So many foods have down time . . . but yet you can’t really spare too much concentration doing something else. So put on your favorite dance music while you prep, and dance away while things are sauteeing or simmering. AT THE PLAYGROUND. At the park with your kids or your dogs? Live near a park and can’t get to the studio? Parks are chock full of poles just waiting for you. Practice climbs. Hang upside down. Do conditioning exercises. Experiment with new shapes. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend practicing your spins — they can be painful on painted playground equipment. 😉 IN YOUR YARD (Or living room. Wherever!). Work on general movement. Do hand balances. Cartwheels. SO MANY kinds of movement can relate back to pole. Think about it: you’re increasing your body awareness, flexibility, strength, fierceness. Good stuff! IN BED. Uh, what? Yeah, you heard me. Keep a notebook beside the bed, or use your phone as a voice recorder. Spend a quiet minute or two writing or making verbal notes before you drift off. Or if you wake up from a pole dream (lots of people have them!) with a great idea for a new combination to try, you can write it down for later! It doesn’t take much time to up your game — spending a few minutes here and there can help you increase your focus when you are able to spend time actually on the pole!