Updated: Sep 14
Maybe exercise feels like a tedious chore on your already long list of things to do. Maybe it’s something you know you need to get more of, but you just can’t seem to make it happen (or at least happen consistently), or maybe you're not really into fitness - sweat ewww!
Listen, as a coach I've heard it all. And the number one excuse for avoiding exercise? TIME.
I totally get it! We're all busy, have full lives, and juggle all sorts of professional and personal life things. Unfortunately it often means your fitness gets pushed to the bottom of your self-care to-do list.
What if I told you you don't need loads of time to make meaningful movement happen?
There are all sorts of small things you can do each day that will contribute to your move more goals. And when you do several of those small things each day, say 3 or 4 of them, they really stack up! You don't need to carve out more time, just make the most of the minutes you have.
Here's twelve ways to do it!
12 Ways to Move More Each Day:
Take the stairs (instead of the elevator or escalator)
Pick up your pace
Dance (while making dinner, cleaning, or just for fun!)
Do calf raises while you brush your teeth
Do squats while you blow dry your hair
Stand up while talking on the phone (even better, pace around!)
Take a 30 second break every hour to stand up and take a few sips of water
Use the restroom on the other side of the office building (or on another floor)
Conduct a walking meeting (this works great both 1:1 and in small groups)
Take 15 minutes on your lunch hour to go for a walk, stretch, or do some light exercise
Park on the perimeter (further from the entrance)
Ditch the leaf blower and grab a broom or rake
Bottom line: these are not exactly groundbreaking new move your body ideas. Yet how many of these are you actually doing? If you're thinking, "ya, but these are too simple." You're right. And that my friend is the point. To keep it simple. Because when it's simple, it's doable, which means you'll make it happen. Even on your busiest days! And as I tell my clients, a little bit of something always trumps a whole lot of nothing. So keep taking those small steps, they are what take you to the top of the staircase, one step at a time.
Are you an ambitious man or woman who's ready to feel strong, live healthy, and get fit? Discover how to take small steps to get healthy & fit without cutting out the foods you love or spending countless hours on cardio. Come join me inside my online Facebook Community - The Healthy Habits Club. It's where busy folks go for tips, tools and support they need to eat healthy, move daily, and feel good for life!