Get up and get off your couch…put down your phone and get outside… leave your computer and go get some exercise…it’s fine to leave dishes in the sink so you can go to Pilates on time. You are worth it, and your body needs it.
We need a moving lifestyle to be our best self.
In 2010, first lady Michelle Obama launched a national campaign called Let’s Move! to help address childhood obesity and create a culture of health for American families. We all know how important it is to get some exercise, but life so quickly gets in the way of this one. Part of the reason is, that in order to accomplish this aspect of wellness, we need to allot designated time and energy to make this happen. Essentially, this takes time out of our already busy day. And yes, there is truth to the fact that exercise and activity often needs to be planned, however, you don’t need to dedicate hours on end to maintain a healthy body. Sometimes, just a quick walk around the block maybe all you can do.
If you need some motivation for why you should incorporate physical movement in your life, here are a few reasons:
- Moving burns calories, and burning calories helps you lose weight and prevents obesity
- Movement activates your brain, helping you think more clearly.
- Exercise promotes healthy sleep.
- Activity increases heart and lung function, which helps to create an overall healthy body.
- Regular exercise improves mood and boosts energy levels.
- Consistent exercise helps you feel strong and confident.
- Continuous training will tone your muscles, helping your body look and feel better
If you don’t have an hour a day, don’t fret. Even a small amount of movement will get your blood flowing, elevate your heart rate and fire up your system. In fact, if you are one who can’t seem to find a chunk of time to workout, know that some is better than none. So, it’s better to do three 10 minutes intervals, or even one 10-minute interval, than do nothing because you can’t find 30 minutes in your day. And bite-sized pieces that fit into your day offer a variety of benefits that indeed make them worthwhile.
We know that not all of us have the luxury of extended time, and to think about being at a peak heart rate for 30-45 minutes, 5 times a week is, for many people, simply unrealistic. We are here to tell you that ANY movement is a good movement, and while we hope you incorporate consistent and regular exercise into your life, we fully understand if all you can give are short bursts throughout your day.
And here’s the thing, you don’t need any equipment to engage in this dimension of wellness. All we need in order to move is our bodies. Check out these non-gym examples of how to get yourself moving…
- Walk around the block
- Go on a run
- Squat and do push-ups for 10 minutes
- Jog in place
- Jump rope (an imaginary one will do), jumping jacks, high-knees, run in place
- Run up and down your stairs
- Play tag or an active game with your kids
You can also check out youtube.com, and do a search for workouts. They have a variety of different and interesting workouts ranging from yoga to video boot camps. And, you can also buy full workout programs on DVD
to do right in your home. Really, the only one stopping you from moving is you. It’s time. Get moving.
Remember, there is always a way to find exercise and get activity in, no matter if you are traveling or at home with young kids. It’s less important what you do and more important that you are merely doing. So get up and move!
And we’re here to help. Our TeamBetter challenges are full of fun movements that will get you on your way to moving wellness.