Any Movement Counts
“I don’t have any time”. The number one excuse is that we have no time to exercise. Let’s go over why this is not a legitimate excuse.
You do not need to exercise as much as you think. (You just need to eat better!) Try simple walking, yoga, strength training, or intense exercise for a short time instead. It saves you time and it is just as effective. If you truly enjoy running for hours on end, then by all means do it. But don’t waste your time if you don’t. If you are just looking for ways to improve your health, any movement will do. Read more about how you should Stop Trying To Lose Weight and give yourself a break.
Why do we exercise? Why do we think we have to do it in some special manner? Unless you are training for something in particular, this is unnecessary. More is not always better. If you are looking to lose weight, exercising for hours on end will not allow your body to properly recover and besides, you need to change your diet to see any real results. You need to give your body the proper fuel in order to make exercise effective; you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet.
No Time To Exercise?
You have much more time than you think. If you can just set aside 30 minutes per day, you have 23 1/2 hours to do everything else. It doesn’t get much simpler. There was a video that one of my instructors showed in one of my health promotion classes, it’s 23 1/2 hours.
Check it out for a little perspective.
If you are unsure what to do:
The “exercise when you can” plan. Use basic exercises and do them when you can. Do them during work breaks or while waiting for coffee to brew. Any time you are standing around waiting is perfect. 12 effective exercises and how to do them.
The 7 Minute Workout. This workout is done in high intensity intervals, which evidence is showing to have just as much benefit as a longer exercise. You only need a steady chair. Each exercise is done for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between. Repeat two or three times if desired. It should be uncomfortable but it’s only for a short amount of time.
30 Day Challenge. This yoga challenge provides a video of an average of 15 minutes each day. It’s easy to follow and you’ll have great results by the end. Anyone can do this.
YouTube. Follow along to exercise videos. I guarantee YouTube has every type of exercise you could think of, even if you want to try jazzercise. PopSugar Fitness has tons of 10 minute videos.
The 10 minute stroll. Have a few minutes? Take a short walk. It counts. Have a dog? Or a child? Take them with.
Fresh Moves: When there is no time to exercise, just move your body.