Are your romantic notions about exercise stopping you from exercising? When I am working with patients and clients regarding exercise I hear many different reasons why exercise is not possible. I hear, “I am not able to make it to the gym, it is too far.”, “I don’t have a 30 min stretch in my day for exercise.”, “I do not have the right clothes.”, “My house is too small.”, “I am not in shape.”, “I’m too tired.”, “I don’t have any workout videos.” and so many other things.
I have found that our romantic notions get in the way of being active. There are no rules with exercise. It does not have to be a certain amount of time or look a certain way. You can wake up and do 10 minutes of yoga. During your work day you can do 50 jumping jacks whenever you think about it. Whenever you encounter stairs you can take 5 minutes to climb stairs. You can go on a walk during your lunch break. You can dance to three songs whenever you can squeeze it in. You can do (5) 30 second sprints before dinner. You can jump rope for 3 minutes anytime you have some spare time. You can keep a small trampoline in your room and jump on it whenever you think of it.
I hope I am inspiring you to say “YES” to exercise. Get creative. Do wall sits when you think of it. Play hopscotch with your kids. Do squats and lunges down the hallway. Try to accomplish a certain amount of push ups throughout the day. Do Zumba on YouTube. There is so much on YouTube, take advantage.
The sky is the limit. Do not stay idle because you don’t have a fancy gym outfit and you can’t drive to a gym and work out for a full hour. Work with your life. Get creative and find ways to move.
That is the secret, that is all that is needed, lets get MOVING and EXERCISING. Please let me know if you find what works for you. I am rooting for you and praying for your success!