Too Tired or Busy to Exercise?

Try my easy solutions: the 10 minute rule and fun or lazy day workouts!

Try my easy solutions: the 10 minute rule and fun or lazy day workouts!

Do you ever feel too tired to exercise? Are you ever too busy to find 30 - 60 min to commit to exercise? And sometimes do you simply lack the motivation required to begin your usual exercise routine?

If you are anything like me (and most human beings,) you answered yes to all of these questions at some point in your life!

Today I am going to share my 2 simple solutions to these common exercise excuses.

The 10 Minute Rule

Simply make a commitment to yourself, to complete at least 10 minutes of exercise regardless of how tired or busy you may feel. Accordingly, within 10 minutes of your workout, you will begin to feel a rush of endorphins, which will remove the tired excuses. And it will begin to feel easier to imagine completing 15, 20, 30 minutes or more.

While most busy schedules will allow for a 10 minute exercise break, you can even find the time while multi-tasking. Take business phone calls while walking the halls or climbing the stairs of your office or home. You can take a 10 minute exercise break 2-3 times during a busy day to reach your 20-30 minute fitness goals.

Fun or Lazy Day Workouts

For the days when you simply lack the motivation and/or your energy is low, it is helpful to have “back-up” exercise routines that are low impact and/or fun. Some of my favorite examples are walking, recumbent biking (due to the comfort of the seat), and belly dance exercise videos. I also suggest busy parents turn on some music and have 10, 20, or 30 minute dance parties with their kids. It provides you and your kids with cardio exercise, creates a healthy and fit example for the whole family and helps get small children ready for naptime!

Experiment with different physical activities until you find some that you enjoy and/or find comfortable to perform even when you are low on energy. By preparing these “back-up” fun or lazy day workouts in advance, you will be creating a healthy environment for both weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

When your life provides you with excuses to skip exercise, value your health and let your lifestyle reflect your values with exercise excuse solutions! Remember, we each only get 1 body in our lifetime and how you treat that body directly effects how you move into old age. Do you want to ease into an agile, fit and active old age, or would you prefer to ease into old age with a cane or a walker? The choice is yours!

It worked for me! And it can work for YOU!

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Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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