Updated: Oct 8
“I know I should Exercise, but ugh… I just don’t have the time!”
Sound familiar? Maybe exercise feels like a tedious chore on your already long list of things to do, maybe it’s something you know you should do, yet you just can’t seem to make it happen (or at least happen routinely...), or perhaps you don't consider yourself an "athletic" person and the idea of pools of sweat or aching muscles doesn’t exactly call to you, or maybe you just haven’t found an exercise program or routine that works for you. Listen, as a personal trainer who talks to people about this dilemma all day long I totally get it! We are all busy and carry full plates, which means making time to exercise often falls on the bottom of our priority list.
What if I told you there are lots of little things you can do each day that over time will make a big difference? Even better, what if you did a few of those little things, say 3 or 4 of them, add that up and over time you are making some serious progress in your "move more" goals! Who says devoting an hour a day to structured fitness is the only way to reap health benefits? Why not use the time you have when you have it! Feeling a sense of accomplishment as you are able to mark that off your to do list list feels pretty darn good, Who knows, that feeling just might have you looking for even more opportunities to move more!
12 ways you can move more each day:
Take the stairs (instead of the elevator or escalator)
Pick up the pace (walk faster)
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 building (or another floor)
Conduct a walking meeting (this works great for 1:1 and small groups!)
Take 15 minutes of your lunch hour to stretch, go for a walk, or do some light exercises (chair workouts anyone?)
Park on the perimeter (further from the entrance)
Ditch the leaf blower and grab a broom or rake
Bottom line – who doesn’t love being able to check something off their to-do list? Accomplishment (big or small) feels pretty darn good! Set yourself up for success by committing to one or two smaller things to start, then as you feel more confident and find you are able to maintain those successfully, challenge yourself by adding a few more. Before you know it, you will be moving more! And that is the goal after all.
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