Only 23% of people exercise enough. For some, exercise is work. It’s painful.
I know, I say this often. But it bears repeating.
There are a few misconceptions in the “exercise’ space.
- what exactly constitutes exercise?
- how much- or how often do we need to exercise?
First, I am not talking about training for a marathon. I am talking about enough “exercise” to improve your blood sugar, blood pressure and limit the downstream effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
Second, the most recent literature shows that if you run or bike in the morning… then go to work and sit all day, you lose many benefits from the morning workout.
That’s why I say “move often, “… and according to the article below, it doesn’t have to be much. Sometimes as little as 15 steps… hmm. We have to get up and walk around a little… but we need to do it throughout the day. It’s not hard to do.
Make your day a little harder. You don’t have to park in the first spot you find in the parking lot. You don’t have to walk a straight line to the door to enter your building. You can take the stairs. You can stand up and take some steps as you’re taking that telephone call or Zoom meeting.
Try it. Make your day a little more challenging. It’ll be worth it.
Face it; most people do nothing. No walking, no resistance exercise. We need to avoid overthinking this… that throws open the opportunity to make excuses. Anything is better than nothing, and little things squeezed into your everyday routine can make a big difference without the need for any equipment. You can do press-ups on the floor at home, against the kitchen worktop, or the wall if you’re not able to do that. You can do squats and lunges to strengthen your legs in front of the TV, and lifting shopping bags or children certainly counts.
Heck, when you’re watching TV, get up every 15 minutes and walk around the couch five times. Every little bit matters!