I get it, there are many days I just want to throw in the towel as well and just say I'm going to start tomorrow; but what will that do. It actually takes you one step further away from feeling your best, having more energy, and concurring your day!
So here are 4 things you can begin doing now to help you get more movement in each day; stop worrying about exercise and just move.
- Commit to 5 minutes a day to work on consistency
- Stack your habits
- Get outside with your family
- Rethink your exercise to movement instead
You don't need to start off with a 45 minute workout each and every day, but you do need to make sure you are moving every single day; which is why I like to advocate for a 5 minute workout each and everyday. When you have a busy day and you are running around taking the kids from one place to the next, than just squeeze in 5 minutes of a workout to get things started. I promise it will help you to feel better and once you start to feel better you will want to move more.
Another thing you should consider is stacking your habits as this can begin to make big changes as well. There are times each day that you are standing around waiting for something, so use that time effectively. If you are waiting on your coffee to brew-do some squats, shower to heat up-complete counter top pushups, dinner to cook-abs in the kitchen (plank workouts), or while your waiting for your child at dance/soccer/baseball practice-walk around the field or around the area.
Get outside with your family as much as possible. Something about being outside encourages more movement, so go outside for sidewalk chalk and it will turn into hopscotch, throw a ball around, race each other in various ways (turtle race, one legged race, bear crawl race). Life is short, have fun and enjoy yourself.
And for goodness sakes, please stop thinking you have to do a "workout"; movement is just as important so even if you aren't throwing around weights if you are moving and carrying kids/groceries around, cleaning the house, gardening, you are moving and that is key.