It’s the dreaded word for so many people: Exercise! Few people LOVE it, and those who do know the benefits! However, it’s a common excuse to avoid exercise by saying “I don’t have the time”. Well, you have time for exactly the things you want in your life, so if you really want it, here are some easy and quick ways to sneak it in!
Get Up Before Everyone Else
Maybe you’re self-conscious, maybe you just don’t want little ones under your feet. However, if you can just force yourself out of a bed a little earlier than everyone else, not only will you have a few minutes to yourself, you can make those minutes count!
Exercise on Your Lunch Break
If you are participating in the Packed Lunch Challenge, you should be saving money and maybe even losing a little weight. It can also be a little lonely at the office when you’re inside day after day! Especially in the spring! Why not ask some co-workers if they want to walk with you? It’s a great way to get to know people and your all benefit from the walking. If you prefer to walk alone, grab some music and get busy moving!
Exercise While Cleaning
If you don’t think cleaning is exercise you’re doing it wrong! Try some of these ideas to get an extra work out in:
Before you set down a basket of laundry do squats, or set it down and pick it back up 10 times.
Clean the windows with only one arm at a time!
Get a deck scrub brush and SCRUB that kitchen floor, then mop it. (If you’re not sweating after that, then please come do my floors!)
Time yourself to see how fast you can do your chores!
Use Your Natural Environment
You don’t have to join a gym to get in extra exercise. Use stairs, or RUN up the stairs. Park farther away from the stores. Stand up straight and push your cart, or try not to stop your cart during your trip! If you’re putting canned items in the cart, do a bicep curl each time you put cans in. Do curls with gallons of milk. Time yourself loading groceries into the car or how long it takes you to get in and out of the store.
Outside you can walk back and forth across ditches, climb small hills, RUN up a hill, hang from tree branches, or do chin ups.
Play With Yours Kids or Pets
Everyone in your home deserves more outside time, including kids and pets. We are attached to electronics these days. Take your kids to the park and push them on a swing. Play tag. Race each other. Throw the ball for your pet and run away from them. Take them for a walk or jog! It doesn’t take much to get physical with some little or furry partners!
Exercise While You Watch TV
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but exercise during commercial breaks. Stand up and do leg kicks or march in place while you watch. If you can do an exercise video, you can do the same stuff while watching TV. If you want to make it harder, get the kids involved. Leg lifts are a lot tougher with a 20 lbs toddler sitting on your feet, and it’s fun for them too!
Mowing, raking, painting, lifting and dragging dead branches around, hand trimming bushes, gardening, digging…do I need to say more?
Make an Outdoor Date
My husband and I love to hike! I haven’t been able to do it recently because of my fitness level, but we LOVE going to our local state parks, and hiking their trails. We always pack a picnic, leave it in the car, and know that when we’re finished, we’ll have a nice healthy lunch waiting on us. It’s a great cheap way to explore your state, and everyone in the family can be involved!
You can also go swimming, canoeing, play a sport, toss a frisbee, hula hoop, ride bikes, go horseback riding, sailing, learn Parkour and the list goes on and on!
Use Your Phone to Your Advantage
If you’re having a conversation, get up and go for a walk. Answering a text message, 10 jumping jacks. Goofing off on social media, walk on a treadmill or do sit ups. It’s a great way to form a new habit, and maybe just make you get off that phone a little bit!
Get a Fitbit!
I 100% absolutely adore my Fitbit. If you need encouragement to get moving, there is nothing like the challenges with other Fitbit users to get your butt out of your seat and moving! I like to do at least 2 challenges a week, 1 with people who are on or near my level and 1 with a ton of people who kick my tail every week. One gives me the challenge, and one gives me a challenge to prepare for in the future! It’s fun, you can easily encourage each other, and there might be a little light hearted trash talk from time to time!
I hope these tips encourage you to get up and get moving! It’s a great time of the year to start a new habit!
Do you have any tips to add to the list?