Most of us agree that working out is essential for good health and good health, but some days it just seems harder and harder to fit it in to a busy life.
You’re working crazy hours, kids activities, maybe caring for aging parents, technology is making physical activity easier to avoid, and in the current state of the world stress is taking its toll on our bodies. Considering all these obstacles, it can be difficult to get in the physical activity that we need.
Then there are those days that you just feel lazy or unmotivated to workout. Days when you find fitness boring, too difficult or they simply just don’t want to do it. 🤷🏽♀️
I’m here to ask that you don’t give up!
With all these factors working against you, let me be the first to tell you that can have good health even if getting up the motivation to workout seems impossible.
Here are five easy ways to sneak exercise into your day without feeling overwhelmed. In fact, you may actually look forward to them!
- Make It A Game
This is a trick that many parents and teachers use to make children do things (you don’t know anything about this😉) that they are unmotivated to do. It works! Try it on yourself.
You don’t feel like doing a monotonous 45-minute jog on a treadmill, and that’s understandable. Who does? Hop of the treadmill. Take your run outside, run to one telephone pole and walk to the next. Run the next two telephone pole and walk the next two telephone phone and move up to four telephone poles. It’s a great way to break it up the run. Not a runner you can walk to a telephone pole do 10 jumping jacks walk to the next telephone pole do 10 pushups the next telephone pole 10 high knees.
I think you are picking up what I’m putting down. No telephone poles?? You can use trees, street signs, mailboxes so many landmarks to choose from.
- Sneak It Into a Lazy Activity
It’s been a long day. Work was hectic, school was stressful, the kids were crazy, and life is hard! 😤 The last thing you want to do when you are finally done with your daily responsibilities is work up a sweat! You want to unwind on the couch with a glass of pinot and watch your favorite show on Netflix, scroll through social media, or read a good book.
The call of the couch and the remote is strong I get it. Could you consider sneaking in a couple minutes of fast-paced aerobic activity such as jumping jacks, high knees, or bicycle crunches for about 15 minutes, maybe a quick yoga stretch to unwind before you scroll through your Netflix queue.
Feeling strong, you can use commercials as the time to do jump squats, or for each new chapter in your book means you have to complete 4 rounds of 45-second (jumping jacks, burpees, kettlebell swings or speed skaters)
Sneaking in a little fitness here and there doesn’t take away the value of your activity. As long as you keep them close enough together, your heart rate will stay elevated and your body will benefit!
- Make It Social
We’ve all been a bit cooped up these past few months. If you keep 6 feet apart it’s great to workout with someone. Studies show that most people perform better in a social environment. With gyms opening back it, maybe you’ll venture out to take a class. Or have you been taking live virtual classes? When you are working as a group to accomplish a goal it makes you feel more competitive, you try a little harder and you go a little faster. Apply this to your workout!
- Add It To Your Chores
We all errands that we run and chores to do. Why not pick up the pace and get these tasks done not only faster but also kill two birds with one stone? Are you doing laundry, scrubbing the tub, or mowing the lawn with boredom and little effort? The quicker you get them done the quicker you can move on to what you really want to do and you are working out!
Don’t know if you are really getting an aerobic exercise? An easy way to tell if you are getting the benefit of an aerobic exercise is if you can talk but with a little difficulty. You should feel winded but not to the point of exhaustion. You will feel so accomplished after these errands; your high will carry you through the rest of the day.
- 20 Minutes or Less
Many people have the mistaken idea that you need to put in an excruciating hour everyday to consider it as a workout. Not so! Even a workout of as little as twenty minutes, maybe even less, can be an effective aerobic workout. To measure a great workout. You should be breathing heavy, work up a little bit of a sweat and feel a burning in your muscles.
The key is intensity! If you don’t have the time to put in a long workout, don’t fret. Muster yourself up and do a quick but intense workout regimen that may be hard while you do it but over before you know it! Every Friday I post a Fat Burning Friday in my Facebook group.
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