This is a guest post by Lisa Andres from SpaPlay.com.
If you are like me, it’s often hard to motivate yourself to exercise even though you know you should. You might start going to the gym for a while or sign up for a 10K race but eventually you bet bored and banish your running shoes to the back of the closet.
I went through many years thinking that I hated exercise, and that I was really too busy to get fit. But that changed when I decided to start a company focused on making it fun for women to lose weight and get healthy. I realized that before I helped other women get
healthy I needed to start with myself.
After experimenting for a while I discovered that two things kept me active:
- finding activities that I enjoyed doing and,
- finding quick activities that I could fit into my daily routine.
What I found surprised me. Rather than leaving me with less time, being active, allowed me to get more done in a day. Not only did I have more energy but I got an unexpected boost to my immune system and rarely got sick.
Here are five ideas to get you started.
1) Fitting activities into your daily routine.
Some of the easy activities that I fit into my daily routine are, climbing the stairs, going for a quick 15 minute walk at lunch, parking further away and walking rather than taking the bus for short distances.
I love to dance and dancing is a great way to get moving. Why not turn up the music and shake your butt while you vacuum, wash the dishes or do other chores. Don’t feel like cleaning up? Then break out your tunes, crank up the volume, and just let yourself go for 10 minutes.
3) Try Angry Birds outdoors.
I love this idea from one of our partners, the National Wildlife Federation. It’s a great way to get active with your kids. You’ll need old shoe boxes, paper cups, magic markers and rubber balls.
Build a wall out of shoe boxes, then set up paper cups along the wall to represent the Pigs (your kids can draw pigs on the paper cups too). Have you and your children take turns throwing Angry Birds (rubber balls) at the paper cup Pigs. Have fun and be creative! For different versions of the game, visit https://www.nwf.org/activity-finder/outdoor-activities/angry-birds.aspx.
4) Exercise during commercials.
One thing that I haven’t tried but sounds fun is to do exercises during the commercials. I got this idea from All Women Stalk. Why not do a different exercise whenever you see a commercial. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
•Car commercial = jog in place
•Shopping commercial = 30 crunches
•Food commercial = 30 jumping jacks
•Jewelry commercial= 20 squats
•Travel commercial = 10 leg lifts each
•Health & Beauty ad =20 hip raises
•Movie trailer & TV show ad = 30 high knees
•Fitness commercial = you choose
5) Popsicle Stick Workout:
I got this idea from the Back to her Roots and it’s a good way to keep things fresh. It’s really easy to do. You just write individual exercises, like “5 squats” on Popsicle sticks, put them in a jar and then pull them out at random to build yourself a work out. If you want to see different variations on the theme, be sure to check out the original blog post.
About the Author:
Lisa Andres, MBA, MS, CGC. Lisa is a certified genetic counselor with over 15 years of experience in health and health technology. Currently, Lisa is founder of SpaPlay.com a game that makes it fun for women to lose weight and get healthy.
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