Alright it’s time folks to address the “E” word ladies and gentlemen.  Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!  Ok, now that it has been said and I have your attention, let’s jump right into it :).

 

I wanted to frame this discussion around two common reasons we all make for not exercising:

1. Not having enough time  and

2. Not knowing were to start.

 

First let’s breakdown not having enough time.  There are 1440 minutes in every day and it is important to set aside 30 minutes to be active. 30 minutes is enough and doesn’t have to be done all at once. Here are some ways to get your 30 minutes:

  • Try ten minutes, two or three times a day.
  • Do 15 minutes of movement in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening
  • Try 5 minute power breaks throughout the day
  • Do 30 minutes of jogging or walking in place with your favorite TV show or get out some hand weights the next time you are on the couch.
  • Utilize your lunch breaks to go for a walk or find other ways to get moving. At my office, I’ll partner up with a colleague to take a walk around the neighborhood and at times we have even gotten out jump ropes and jumped together.

 

The next issue is not knowing where to start.  I always say find something you enjoy, stick with it, and build up from there. Exercise does not have to mean running outdoors or having gym membership. Here are some other ways to get you moving:

  • Take small trips on foot or bike to get your body moving.
  • Play outdoors with your children or pets.
  • Do some gardening, yard work, cleaning or home repair in your house.
  • Dance to music around the house or sign up for a class with a friend
  • Find workouts online ( You tube has a ton of free videos ) , check out DVDs from your local library or find a great deal in store ( one of my favorite aerobic workouts is a DVD I got for less than $5 at Ross 8 years ago)

 

Jumping roping with colleagues during a lunch break

Jumping roping with colleagues during a lunch break

 

So now that we’ve got a game plan, it’s time to get moving! Remember it’s important to pace yourself and to stay motivated. I’ve heard that it takes 3 weeks to maintain a “new habit”, so I challenge everyone (including myself) to set a fitness goal, give it at least 3 weeks, and watch things take off from there.

 

Be well,

 

Margaret