Fitness really does affect your health and wellness but finding time to exercise can be challenging, no matter what phase of life you’re in.
When life gets super duper hectic, rather than stressing about a full workout, create balance by incorporating a few minutes of movement. Remember, something is ALWAYS better than nothing.
Some great ways do this:
- Try “exercise snacking.” Get in a minute workout, or even 30 seconds, whenever you can! A little here and a little there adds up.
- Walking lunges around the living room while holding your toddler, yes!
- Squats between appointments at work, sure.
- Push ups or a Plank for 20 seconds before bed, you got it.
- Look at the week ahead and plan out the best time to fit in a little fitness, even if it’s just 5 minutes! Be realistic about how much time you can give and write it down. Literally, get out your day planner and jot down…
- Wednesday at 6:00 am – 7 minutes of exercise before work.
- Thursday over lunch break – a “One-Minute Move.”
- When your “appointment” rolls around, if you don’t feel like doing it, remember how much harder it’s going to be to get back to where you are today if you slack off the next few weeks.
- Aim for short workouts and add in longer ones if (and when) you can.
- Even on off days, get in a minute of intentional movement! We call these our daily “One-Minute Move.“
- Hold yourself accountable and think about your why. Why do you want to stay active? Is it because you want to model health to your kids, that you don’t want to gain weight or because you deserve to do something for yourself?
- Make it enjoyable by encouraging (but not pushing) your family to get involved. Try creating daily mini-workout challenges that you can all get involved in.
- Whoever can hold a plank the longest gets out of dishwashing tonight!
- Reps challenge – who can get in the most reps in 60 seconds?
- Our daily FfL one-minute moves are great for this.
- This is something we’ve been doing with Isla since she was little. It started with a few fun moves (pilates toe taps, punches, uppercuts and squats) and now she’s taken it upon herself to lead a mini workout most nights before bed.
Movement makes a huge difference in your health, confidence and energy. Try to do something to stay active every day—even 1 minute of exercise counts.
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