So it’s the week after Thanksgiving and we all know what that means – food guilt. Thanksgiving is the one day (or weekend, for many) that you can pretty much assume you ate too much. This, in turn, makes us feel full and lazy so we end up exercising less, which then means we sit around, ultimately eat more, and then we feel extra lazy, so we don’t exercise… and the cycle continues. This can go on and on until the New Year if you’re not careful! Plus, we all are so busy getting ready for Christmas and all of our other Holiday gatherings that even if we want to exercise, when are we going to find the time?! eventually
Well luckily exercise is one of those things that can be accumulated – meaning you don’t have to do it all at once to reap the benefits. In fact, sneaking in just 10 minute sessions 3 times a day is just as effective as doing 30 minutes straight! And while I would suggest getting in at least 45 minutes per day (5 days per week for maximum results), every little bit counts! Even sneaking in 2-5 minutes when you can is better than nothing – especially when you are going for strength and toning (as opposed to cardio) workouts.
Need some ideas of where to begin? I’ve included 10 of my favorite ways to sneak in exercise, below, to help you get started. These have helped me get in a quick workout when I had 2 kids ages 2 and under, was working from home, and was pumping and nursing 10+ times per day. [They are also great ideas to help you lose the baby weight if you just had a baby!] If I can do it, I know you can too!
** BONUS TIP: Because you know I always have more ideas on how to exercise ;) Use a Stability Ball! There are literally over 100 ways you could use one of these things to exercise, but I’m going to give you just a few (so you don’t get too overwhelmed):
So there you have it, 10 (+1) easy and creative ways to sneak in more exercise. Take note that all these exercises are interchangeable so you don’t have to do squats at work and pushups while you’re cooking. You can do whatever works for you and your schedule. These are just ideas to get you started. Have fun with it! And don’t worry about doing them all every day, just do what you can and begin to feel – and even look – better in less time than you can imagine!
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