Six Exercise Tips

It takes time and eort to take care of your body. No argument here! However, it is incredibly important to find time to exercise. The benefits of exercise are too important to ignore, yet, most of us are too bust to make time for what we WANT to do—let alone find time to create new and health habits.  It is not exactly “relaxing” to start a new exercise routine when you are already exhausted from work.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to fit exercise in without having to go to the gym every single day. Doing the same thing day in and day out can get boring.  Habits we find boring aren’t habits we are likely to keep up with.

Here are six great ways to sneak exercise into your daily routine.  Each tip is tested for sustainability and will make exercise a lot more fun.  One-size-fits-all routines are not the way to go all the time.

1. Rethink your seating. At your workplace, do you sit in a normal office chair? If so, consider shifting to a standing desk. This will exercise your leg muscles more actively than while sitting passively. Even sitting on an exercise ball forces your core muscles to activate and makes your body exercise to keep itself stable. It may not seem like much, but those efforts stack up to greater muscular strength over time.

2. Rethink your commute. If you are in a position where you can walk or bike to work, that can be a start to your day that is both active and relaxing. You will walk into the office centered from the movement and having had time to listen to your own thoughts.

3. Do what you are a fan of. Do you love watching Dancing With the Stars? Take up ballroom dancing or Zumba. By building on what you already love, you are setting the stage to have a lot more fun than doing exercise you “have” to do.

4. Recruit your friends. Ever hear the saying, “The more, the merrier?”. It applies to fitness too. Grab a friend and go for a hike, jog, bike ride, or leisurely stroll. You’ll find that the time flies—and you might even look forward to it!

5. Don’t punish yourself for low activity. The body adapts to activity levels, but it also loves resting. Keeping your body from growing sedentary is a very good thing. Even if you stretch your body during commercial breaks, it is a very good thing.

6. Join a competition. Do you consider yourself to be a competitive person? Then joining a competition could be the perfect option for you. Even if you don’t have the skills to compete in a league for the activity you prefer, you can still challenge your friends to a competition.

How do you make sure you get enough exercise? How do you make your exercise work in you routine? Contact me today! I would be happy to be your guide to wellness!

Lisa Hoffman-Lamanna, RLCSW
Planting Foundations for Life

(631) 806-2080