Everyone knows that exercise is good for them. Our bodies need to work up a sweat! Regular exercise has proven to reduce stress, alleviate depression, maintain muscle and bone health, make pain management easier, and improve posture. However, it’s easy to get hung up on all of the details of what a good work out needs and just give up.
Do you have the right clothes?
How long should you workout?
Are you working hard enough?
What should you eat before and after?
Are you doing it right?
Getting in a solid 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week seems like just one more thing to squeeze into an already busy schedule.
If you find yourself thinking this way, try thinking of exercise as anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you sweat. Maybe that’s cleaning the house and going up and down the stairs. Maybe it’s playing outside with the dog. Maybe it’s jumping on a trampoline with your kids.
Try this: Look at what’s on your to-do list for the day and see if there aren’t a few activities where you can spice up the intensity a little and work up a sweat. Put on music and dance when you fold laundry. Unload the groceries from the car only one bag at a time. Really move when you have to vacuum or mop. Next thing you know, you’re blood will be pumping and you will reap many of the same benefits of traditional exercise.
Storytime: Ages ago when I first got my Fitbit I was so excited about getting steps that everything turned into an opportunity to move more. On days I really pushed to hit step goals, I found I had more energy later in the day and was in a better mood than on days where I had to sit at the computer. While much of that excitement has faded, I’ll still do step challenges here and there to encourage myself to move more.