So, you’ve convinced yourself that you do not have time for exercise. This is an easy conclusion to come by considering the hectic schedules many of us keep to juggle our work and family obligations. That does not mean you cannot add movement to your days.
Actually, people didn’t use to have to plan their exercise. Their daily lives were full of exertion and movement. Now, our lives have become so convenient that we hardly have to get up from our chairs; except to eat and go to the bathroom.
Exercise has become something you do, something you have to plan for or, in many cases, something you ignore. Along with the time element, we should also add the sensationalized perception that gyms are full of only super-fit people wearing cute workout outfits.
Wester’s defines exercise as:
– physical activity that is done in order to become stranger and healthier
Wow, that really simplifies the whole issue, doesn’t it? It’s doesn’t say anything about wearing spandex or joining any special programs. It boils down to engaging in any activity that will promote your health and make you stronger.
I want to challenge you to add movin’ it to your current perception of exercise. Movin’ it just means to add movement to your days. I have traditional exercise days and I have movin’ it days. On my designated “exercise days” I actually go to the gym for group classes. But, that doesn’t mean that I stop there. The other days I focus on movin’ it, which usually means adding spurts of walking throughout my day.
Remember, that steps are steps, so you can increase your movement by adding another lap from the living room, through the kitchen, down the hallway and back at the top of each hour or every time you get up from your chair. I recently got a pedometer that measures my steps.
It is amazing how much additional exercise you can fit into the day if you focus on making small, thoughtful changes to your routine.