Updated: Mar 18
“I know I should Exercise, but I just don’t have 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 regularly), or maybe you don't consider yourself the "athletic" type and the idea of pools of sweat or aching muscles doesn’t exactly call to you.
Listen, as a health and fitness coach the number one excuse I hear for avoiding exercise is TIME. And I totally get it! We are all busy, have full lives, and this often means taking time for ourselves and exercise gets pushed to the bottom of our to-do list.
But what if I told you you don't need an hour to make meaningful movement happen?
There are lots of small things you can do each day that over time make a big difference? Even better, what if you did a few of those small things each day, say 3 or 4 of them, add them up and over time you are making some serious move more progress! It's not about having time, it's about making the most of the time you have, and I have 12 small and simple ways to help you get started.
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: it feels great to check something off the to-do list. Each more move accomplishment feels like a win and sets you up to keep finding those small opportunities to move more. Before you know it, you will be adding more and more movement to your day! And all that moving adds up to increase caloric burn. Now that's what I call a real WIN.
Are you are a woman who is ready to live healthier and happier, ditch the diet, and discover small steps that make a big impact so you can live a life you love in a body you are proud of? Come join me inside my women’s-only Facebook Group - The Healthy Habits Club. It's where busy women go for tips, tools and support so they can eat healthy, move daily, and feel good for life!