10 easy ways to get more fit. I recently took about a week off from going to the gym and taking ballet class. I had a cold and didn’t feel great, so I stayed home. Then when it was time to go back, I really had to push myself and change my whole mindset. I realize that this happens a lot and it’s a huge reason why people stop exercising. The good news is that you can do lots of small things to stay active throughout the day.
10 EASY WAYS TO GET MORE FIT
Keep a mat by the tv. I don’t care what country you live in, when you’ve watched the same commercial over and over and over again, it’s brain numbing. So when you are just watching tv, make a point of jumping off the couch and doing some crunches or push ups every time a tv break comes on.
Keep a mat by the bed. You are half awake first thing in the am anyway, so get in a few push up before you even know what’s really going on. As soon as you roll out from under the covers, drop and do 20, push ups that is.
Keep a workout on the fridge. It will only add a few minutes to your food prep, so do a series squats or run in place while you are waiting for your dinner to warm up.
Move after you eat. Not only will it help your waistline, but making a point of taking a 20 minute walk post dinner with your partner or family will bring you closer together. So instead of disappearing behind technology, get some fresh air.
Do an urban hike. Not all of us are lucky enough to live next to mountains or oceans, so take some time to discover a new neighbourhood in your city.
Track your movement. Put some pressure on yourself and wear a pedometer. Aim to take at least 10,000 steps a day.
Add walking to your day. An oldie but a goody, park the car further away from the mall and take the stairs instead of elevators whenever you can.
Get the tunes out. You know that feeling you get when your favourite song comes on the radio and you just want to sing and dance along? The same thing happens when you are working out. Make a list of your favourite upbeat songs and you’ll find yourself walking faster or working out harder at the gym.
Take along a jump rope. It will fit into any suitcase or briefcase and will give you a fantastic jolt of cardio when you travel. Aim for 5 minutes at a time and try for 3x a day. If you are going for a longer family vacation, schedule in some hiking time.
Get a personal trainer. No, not the kind you meet at the gym (although they are great and definitely help), but the downloadable kind. Download an easy to follow, do anywhere workout right onto your phone or iPad. I used to download full yoga classes that I could access from anywhere.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, as the little moments do count and they add up. Everyone’s goal should be to move every few hours during the day. No one is saying that you need to become a pro athlete or even that you need to spend hours and hours at the gym every week. Try, however, to not get comfortable with just maintaining, but rather aim to always be improving your fitness levels. Sometimes it’s the little habits or the smallest changes that have the biggest impact.
Do you sneak small workouts into your day?