Just as your eyes open to the new day, it happens. Thoughts of everything you’d like to do flood your mind. Exercise? You begin to rationalize. Skipping one day won’t matter. I don’t have time anyway. Stop! You won’t believe how easy it is to fit exercise into your day. Turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.
When your body is your own gym, you’re free to exercise anytime, anywhere. And did you know that a few short workouts during the day charge your metabolism, burning calories like a furnace? In fact, flexible workouts throughout the day tend to burn more calories than if you workout at one specific time.
Whether you’re home during the week or simply stuck indoors on a weekend, mundane tasks are perfect opportunities to tone up those arms, thighs, and glutes. For example, throw in a load of laundry. While you’re waiting for the water to fill up, try this: With feet shoulder-width apart, stretch out your arms as if you’re telling a fish story (fingers extended…that fish was how long?) Now, flex your arms toward each other slowly with tension, like you’re resisting against an invisible force, and show how short that fish really was. Your hands and arms may shake as you resist back to the starting position. Remember to breathe deeply, keep your abdominal muscles tight and shoulders relaxed. Perform eight to 10 of these pectoral contractions. Shake it out, and you’re done!
Creative nooks and crannies are everywhere. You know that little “speaker” button on the telephone? It just became your new best friend. With both hands free, you’re free to shape that body. Brushing your teeth is a great time to do squats. And how about TV time? The commercials alone provide you with 17-22 minutes during a one hour program to take on exercise. The creative opportunities are endless!
Working out should never feel like a chore. With a little creativity, you can keep your metabolism charged and your body sculpted. When the day is over, you’ll feel stronger and more energized, not guilty, defeated or weary.
Now, let your creative juices start flowing and take on the day by incorporating exercises into your daily lifestyle.