I’m going to take a guess and say that everyone has already dropped their elaborate workout plans from their grand new years resolutions. If you’re still achieving your goal then great, keep up the good work and try not to rub it in our faces. For everyone else, lets lower the bar from the grand new years resolution and raise it from the nothing we’ve recently settled for.
For a long time I’ve fallen into a dramatic all or nothing mentality. Otherwise whats the point, right? Wrong! Let’s not confuse the “point” with “the goal”. Your goal for working out may have been to fit into a certain clothing size, to see muscle definition, to achieve a magical number on the scale, or a number of other personal reasons. These are all benefits of exercise. The point of working out is for your health. Wether you fit into a certain outfit, see your muscles, or bring your weight down doesn’t determine if the exercise was healthy or not. So lets get this straight, this post is not to “help you reach your goals” this post is about manageable ways to fit exercise into your life.
I could write a whole post about why exercise is important but you already know… Exercise strengthens your muscles, and gets your blood flowing. Your blood flow affects so many things! The oxygen thats carried throughout your body gives you energy. And increased blood flow pushes endorphins to release into the blood, which affects hormones levels. This whole blood flow thing is the health power behind exercise. But like I said I could go on forever about health stuff. So let’s move along.
When I stepped outside of the all or nothing mentality, I was able to ask myself what I could actually handle. My life as I assume yours is too, is fairly busy. My big starting goal was an intense 15 minute daily workout. I know it’s pathetic that I couldn’t handle that. Hence the all or nothing dilemma. I mean what is a step down from 15 minutes? Aha! And just like that we are back to the important question.
Here are some easy and effective ways to incorporate exercise into your life:
- Do squats while you brush your teeth
- Hold a plank for the duration of a commercial break, and try a different exercise for each commercial. Rest while the show is on.
- Multitask your bible reading and exercise time, by working out while listening to an audio bible.
- Jog when you go out for the mail.
- Do leg lifts when you get in bed at night.
- And the most obvious, do a few stretches and exercises whenever you find yourself with a few minutes to spare.