“I don’t have time to exercise” is probably one of the most common excuses for not making exercise a part of our lives. We really have maxed ourselves out these days, but we have to find ways to take care of our bodies. We make time for the things that are most important to us. So I encourage you today to evaluate your life and see where you can find some time to get your body moving. It doesn’t have to be an hour long workout 5 days a week. Just learn how to make time for exercise somewhere in your day. It can be something simple like the 3 simple moves to tighten & tone that I shared last week. Or you can work it into your other daily routines.
One of the easiest ways to fit in some movement on even the busiest days is to exercise while you do life. Many of the things we have to do throughout the day don’t have to be done while standing or sitting still. Just add some intentional movement and make something useful out of the mundane.
- Blow drying your hair? Do wall sits. Place your back flat against a wall. Walk your feet out in front of you as you slide your back down the wall, bending at the knee until your legs form a 90 degree angle. It’s like you’re sitting in an invisible chair. Be sure your knees are not extended in front of your toes. If you can’t quite make it to a 90 degree angle, work up to it. Hold yourself in this position as long as you can, then slowly slide back up as you walk your legs back towards the wall. Rest and repeat.
- Washing dishes? Do calf burners. Get something hard to stand on (phone book, yoga block, etc.). Place your block at a natural, comfortable distance from the sink. Place your feet on the block so that the back half of your foot hangs off the back of the block. Lift and lower the heel above and below the block at your desired speed as many times as you can. Maintain good posture and keep your abs and glutes tight. Rest and repeat.
- Watching TV? OK…maybe you do have time to exercise?? But everyone needs a little down time. Do triceps dips. Sit on the edge of a bench or chair. Place your legs straight out in front of you, feet flexed. Grip the front edge of the bench by placing your hands on either side of your hips. Focus on pulling the belly button into the spine, keeping your back straight, and keeping your head up. Holding your body up with your arms, move your buttocks off the bench, walking your feet forward just until you can lower your hips straight down in front of the bench. Inhale and lower your hips straight toward the floor until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. Exhale and press back up to starting position. Do as many as you can. Rest and repeat.
Be proud of what you’ve accomplished today, whether big or small. Life takes time and sometimes things get in the way of the things we want to do, but there are no shortcuts to a truly satisfying life. It takes time, dedication, and pride in our efforts to make every day count. The journey is worth it, so do your best to set your heart and mind on enjoying it. Fitness and health are a place worth going. Enjoy the ride and don’t be too hard on yourself if you run into snags and pit-stops along the way.
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- Cardio Warm-Up – 10 minutes
- Push-ups – 45
- Squats – 45
- Bench Dips – 45
- Glute Bridges – 45
- Plank Rows – 90 (45 each side)
- Lunges – 90 (45 each side)
- Basic Plank – 2 minutes
- Side Jackknives – 90 (45 each side)
- Cool-Down Stretch
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