One of the biggest pitfalls related to exercise is feeling like you need to commit to an intense two-hour routine. When you fail to do this, you do nothing instead of moving your body for even five minutes.
The endorphin rush after a good sweat session has the ability to lift your spirits throughout the day, positively influence the way you interact with others, and even help you sleep better at night. The secret not many people realize. Even a short workout has huge benefits, so don’t get tripped up in the all-or-nothing mentality – just get moving.
These are our seven favorite ways to squeeze in exercise when I don’t have time for a full-blown workout:
1. Ride your bike or walk to work (or while doing errands).
2. Do some household chores.
3. Tend your garden.
4. Dance around your living room to one upbeat song.
5. Take the stairs.
6. Go on an after-dinner walk.
7. Do leg lifts and jumping jacks while watching TV.
The key here is to simplify your idea of exercise and just move your body in a way that feels great to you. It’s even better if a friend or loved one wants to do it with you. That way, you can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.
Let’s demystify working out this week and just do it.
How will you move in a way that’s simple and doable every day this week? Share in the comments below.