So often my clients, friends, and family complain to me that they do not have time to workout, and I bet you feel the same way. Sure, you calculate the amount of time it takes to get to the gym, do your full workout, shower, and get back to work/home. Surprise!: Just 10-20 minutes a day is better than nothing at all, and 30 minutes 3-5 days a week is great. The best part is, you can do it all at home for little to no investment!
Here are some ideas that work:
1. Balance/Stability Ball: This ball is why I am sore today. You can work everything from upper body to lower body to abs with this ball. It challenges you to use main muscle groups along with stabilizer muscles. I love it, and it’s fun to me. I always fall off at some point and crack up laughing at myself! A good resource for more information is gaiam.com. You can either just buy the Balance Ball or you can get the entire Balance Ball Kit, that comes with DVDs, etc.
2. Jump Rope: Yup. Just like when you were a kid. Pick up the rope and start jumping. You’ll be amazed how difficult it is! Jumping rope is a great quick way to get your cardiovascular workout. Try to stick with it for 15-20 minutes minimum (but, again, 10 minutes is better than none), even if you have to take 30 second breaks. This is my favorite Jump Rope because it is plain, inexpensive, and eco-friendly!
3. Workout Videos: There are so many options, I could never name them all. Here are a few that have worked for past clients: The Firm (*jump rope included!), Yoga for Beginners, and Zumba Fitness. The idea is to pick something that looks like fun to you, make sure you chose something where you will not injure yourself, and start carefully, paying attention to your alignment! Most videos now have an “Express” option of some kind that lasts 15-25 minutes.
4. Go Dancing!: If you have the liberty of a few free evenings and willing friends (or a partner), go out dancing! You’ll burn many a calorie out there on the dance floor, and you’ll be having a great time! Go and get your groove on!
5. Walk/Stairs: No, seriously, keep it simple, put one foot in front of the other and walk. Grab your earphones, listen to your favorite upbeat, happy-go-lucky album, and get moving. Even a few laps around your yard or block is better than being inactive all day. You can also use this as a nice time to yourself, to clear your head and focus on you. During extreme weather, walk your stairs. I even have clients that walk the stairs at work before their workday starts. (If you are pretty fit and this comes extremely easy to you, increase the pace significantly or make the walk a run in both instances).
The overall idea is to find ways to be creative and work exercise into your day, rather than trying to force it in or schedule your life around it. Increasing your activity a mere 10 minutes a day will make a world of difference! Take one minute to jot down 2 or 3 ideas to work into your week right now!
Let me know how it goes!