One of the biggest issues we face as an unhealthy society trying to right ourselves is a lack of motivation. I hear well-meaning people tell me all the time that they just aren’t up for working out. Whether it be getting up half an hour earlier in the morning, or squeezing it in after work it just seems to be asking too much to be motivated. So, I wanted to bring a couple of ideas to the table that might help with that problem.
First, working out does NOT have to be horrible. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym, or even changing your clothes if you don’t want it to. It just means being active. It is highly recommended for the average adult to spend at least 30 minutes exercising each day. They don’t have to be consecutive, they don’t have to be strenuous, they just have to be active. With that in mind, consider this:
- You already have to go to work. They have to give you breaks. If you spend your quick 10 minute break taking a walk around the building or block twice a day, you are already two-thirds of the way through your daily exercise time.
- More people are in school these days than I can ever remember before. That means study time is a necessity. Break your studying into sections. Do it in 2 or 3 short bursts with a little exercising in between. Maybe a walk, or a quick set up and down the stairs for a few minutes. Not only will you get closer to your exercise goal, but you’d be surprised how much more focused your mind can be when your body is amped up.
- You already have to go grocery shopping. Why not make a game of it? Create your list ahead of time, then estimate how long it will take you to get all of your stuff into the cart, through check-out, and out to the car. Then try to beat the time you set. Be safe about it, and don’t run over little old ladies, but I bet you find yourself walking at a quicker pace, carrying more things at a time, and lifting armloads into your trunk. Keep it up to see how close you can estimate the time, and how often you can beat yourself!
- Have to check the mail, right? Strap on your skates or roller blades! Since it’s quicker than walking, you probably have enough time to make it around the block once before snagging your coupons and magazines.
- Have stairs in your building? Pick a set of them in your mind. Now every time you go up them, do it two at a time. (This works your legs like lunges). Every time you go down them, do it at a quicker pace than normal. After doing this for a while, either pick more stairs to do it with or maybe start going up or down them twice just for the little extra.
- Work at a desk? Stand about 2 steps away from it, put your hands about shoulder width apart, and do a couple of push-ups when no one’s looking. You may start to find a fun challenge in testing how many you can do before the next person passes by your office.
These little steps aren’t enough to give you the body of your dreams all by themselves, but they can certainly help you meet the half hour minimum suggested daily exercise. Plus, combine several of them with healthy eating habits and you may find yourself closer than you thought.