Had a great conversation with a former colleague about feeling like a slug. She wants to exercise but, but, but – where’s the time? She has a demanding job, a 45 - 60 minute commute each way (ugh!), two active kids (one a teenager), a husband, a house, a problematic dog (cute and loveable, but doesn’t always make it outside to do his business)…. You get the picture.
And now with the demands of the Holiday season. Exercise! You’ve got to be kidding?! Who has time for that?!
The challenges of time are real – No doubt! The good news – most of us actually DO have time for that. It doesn’t have to be all about formal “exercise.” I’m all for hitting the gym, the pool or the pavement, but time commitments aside, structured “exercise” doesn’t suit everyone. I prefer to refer to it as movement, not exercise.
Numerous studies recommend 30 min. of exercise or movement most days of the week. And yes, your schedule is already full, and now the holidays are here with even more demands on your time.
That’s why it’s just as important, if not more so, to take the time to MOVE. Because along with all those extra demands comes additional stress, and nasty little bugs - people get sick. One of the best ways to beat these is by moving. Movement pumps your lymphatic system and keeps your immune system strong. It gives you energy and makes you feel better.
Be honest with yourself - you don’t have time to be sick either!
Blah. Blah. Blah. You’ve heard it before. Making it happen is something else. So, what can you do?
Here’s a suggestion from the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics (October 2015) that I think is great. Plan three 10-minute mini-movement sessions a day. Their suggestions include exercising as a family (how about a walking the dog as a family after dinner), using household chores to burn extra calories (scrubbing and vacuuming count), and taking a walk with a co-worker during lunch or breaks.
My former colleague works in a large office, so for her those 10 minute sessions can include taking the longest route possible (and taking the stairs) to refill her coffee, tea or water, parking at the furthest spot from her office, and having a walking touch base with a staff member.
You work hard – you can take a couple 10 minute walks during the day. It adds up and it does “count.”
I know a lot of people who say they hate exercise and have to push themselves to do it, but I know no one who after exercising, says they wish they hadn’t. They always feel better – have more energy, less stress and sometimes just feel a sense of accomplishment.
To get yourself psyched up – imagine how great you’ll feel at the end of the day when you can reflect back and say YES – I did it!
Wishing you Movement, Karen
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