Updated: May 23
Exercise. It's a nice idea but... ⠀ ⠀ First, you struggle with a consistent routine and aren't even sure where to start. ⠀ Second, you’re not really sure you’re a "fitness" person. ⠀ ⠀ Third, you’re far too busy juggling all the balls being thrown at you to even think about exercise right now.⠀ ⠀ In other words, it feels like another challenge.⠀ ⠀ You might even watch friends and loved ones as they invest in exercise and while they seem happier and more energetic, they aren't exactly dropping weight in record time, so why bother?⠀ ⠀ Yet there is so much more than meets the eye when you make exercise a regular part of your day-to-day life. ⠀ ⠀ And once you realize exercise is good for so much more than “pretty muscles” or supporting a healthy waistline, you open the door to a healthier AND happier you!⠀ ⠀ In fact, might surprise you to learn that the top 3 health concerns people face today are all easily preventable with a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise: Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, and Diabetes. ⠀
If it's so important, why aren't we all doing it?
It's time to get out of your own way.
When you make exercise a regular part of your day-to-day routine, you’ll quickly begin to experience some pretty great benefits - body, mind and spirit.
Increased energy and mental focus
Improved mood and confidence
Sleeping more soundly
Reduced risk of disease
Supporting strong bones
Improved cardiovascular health
So, where do you start?
Here are a few simple ways you can begin to incorporate a bit of Fitness into your daily life (no gym membership required):
Just as ergonomic experts recommend that office workers take their eyes off their computer screen every hour or so, fitness experts are advocating getting up from your chair and taking a brisk walk up and down the stairs. Take breaks throughout the day by offering to pick up supplies for your colleagues, take the mail downstairs instead of waiting for it to be picked up, pace your office while on a call, or walk to a colleague's office to chat rather than send them an email. That way, you force yourself to get up from your seat and walk for a few minutes several times throughout the day.
On the weekends when you join the family in their activities, try to integrate a bit of fun exercise: if the kids are into cycling, join them for bike rides. Have a playdate at the park? Use the opportunity to do some simple step ups, squats, push ups or tricep dips on a picnic bench or walk a few laps around the perimeter. Are you headed off to their swimming lessons or skating lessons? See if there is an adult swim or skate option available. Headed out to soccer or basketball practice? Walk a lap or two around the park or community center while you watch/wait.
Chores Are Workouts Too
Who says you can’t burn calories while doing housework or gardening? Take a breather from your hectic schedule and devote some down time to tending to your lawn, trimming your rose bushes, scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom floors, washing the car by hand, etc. Many of these activities recruit your whole body supporting functional movement too!
Walk, Don't Drive
Park your car farther from the entrance and take a few extra steps each time you walk to your office, a mall entrance, visit your doctor’s office and run to the post office. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly all those extra steps add up!
Bottom line: there are many ways to start adding fitness into your day, no gym membership required! A simple way to start is by incorporating 10-20 minutes of movement each day that you might not normally do, such as walking somewhere you would normally drive, scheduling a walk and talk with a friend while the kids play at the park, or creating opportunities to get up and move throughout the day while at the office. Remember, keep it simple. An easy walk around the neighborhood or kicking a ball around with the kiddos counts as exercise too!
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!