How much do you exercise? Do often wish you were more active? According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) only 23% of Americans get enough exercise. Honestly, I understand why and how it happens. We all get caught up in the daily routine, wake up, work, dinner, sleep, and repeat. Excercise is great for all of our physical and mental health. Below are three of my favorite ways to make exercise easy!
1) Keep it Simple
Exercise doesn’t have to be an elaborate and intense program. We don’t have to all be fitness models on Instagram. To be active, federal physical activity guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. This can be going on a thirty-minute walk or going for a fifteen-minute run five days week. All you need for that is a pair of comfortable shoes and clothes to exercise in!
2) Find the time
The one part that I didn’t account for above (shoes and clothes) is the time to exercise. So now, I’ll share some great ways to sneak a little exercise into your day. If you’re doing laundry, going for a run while your clothes are in the washer (or dyer) works really well. That’s enough about running. If you’re watching television, commercial breaks are a great time for some high-intensity exercises. Three of my favorite exercises, especially during commercial breaks, are jumping jacks, push-ups, and squats. If you want to learn about some other great body-weight exercises check them out here.
3) Just Get Started
This applies both to the bigger picture and at the micro level. With the big picture, ultimately, any exercise is better than no exercise. Secondly, once you get in the rhythm and routine of exercising, it’s so much easier to keep that going. As Newton’s first law says, an object in motion stays in motion. On a micro and daily level, just starting to exercise can be the hardest part. Once you get going it becomes easy to keep going.
Personally, I love CrossFit and weight training to stay active. It’s a great way to de-stress, clear my mind, and challenge myself.
What’s your favorite way to exercise?