Everyone loves a simple list because when it comes down to it, who has time to read a wall of text? And speaking of loaded questions, who has time to exercise? The answer:
Yeah, just uttering the very word exercise will cause most people to roll back into their warm beds. But, it doesn’t have to be that way if you change the way you think about exercise. Traditionally, exercise = gym and sweating and hard work. However, historically, sitting around NOT exercising is pretty bad for your health. So, what it comes down to is this: you need to move.
Why? Because movement is integral to good circulation and general overall health blah, blah, blah. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before so here we go.
Do 1 Exercise a Day
This is my mantra. Do 1 exercise everyday as a bare minimum, no matter how big or how small. This is an important habit to get into if you are generally not exercise minded, or if the whole idea of exercise and the gym has been your nemesis. Hell, even if you used to work out like a crazy person and now find yourself at a point in your life where exercise has taken a back seat to other things in your life. Either way, these exercise tips are for you.
- Pushups Anywhere – Ok, I don’t expect you to drop and do 20 pushups everywhere because sometimes there are societal norms to uphold. Still, you can easily fit in 10-15 pushups a day while:
a) Waiting for the toaster to go off
b) While the coffee is brewing
c) Or just drop and do a set before you go to bed, or when you wake up in the morning.
- Take the stairs – You’ve all heard it before. Effective? Hell yes. Walk up the stairs or even a moving escalator. Every little bit counts. And, if the escalator is busted, see it as an opportunity, not an inconvenience.
- Stand – This is tricky because so much of our life is built around comfort and not standing! Do you take public transit? Stand on it (Yeah I know, some of those bus drivers make it unsafe to stand!). Also, the whole standing desk thing really took off a little while ago and it’s great if you can work that into your daily work somehow. If you can’t jump in head first into the standing desk craze, look for opportunities to stand more often if you feel that you’ve been sitting a lot. This is more of an exercise in mindfulness.
- Squats – Yep, squats are pretty boring, but they’re great for toning your legs and butt so that can be your motivation. Also, they’re great for getting the blood flowing in your legs. You can easily work in 10-20 squats twice a day while you brush your teeth. Yes, it looks idiotic.
- Walk – If you live in an urban center, there are plenty of opportunities to walk. Walking in a city doesn’t have to feel like exercise since you just do it to get from point a to point b. If you live in a suburb, the act of walking may take some planning. Still, if you drive to the mall, you will walk at the mall, so that’s not a bad thing.
Another thing: one of the greatest obstacles for daily exercise is motivation. I’ve been using the Coach Me app (formerly Lift) as a reminder/habit builder. It’s simple and it won’t bug you too much.
How about you? What are your creative ways to fit exercises into your daily life?