How often do you think “I’d do more exercise, if only I had time?”. I hear this a lot from people – friends, family, clients. Even myself at times in the past.
I think it stems from a belief that exercise means a significant block of time (usually 30 minutes or more) during which a structured activity is done – sport, gym, aerobics class, etc.
When people try to fit this into their lives, along with the time to prepare for, freshen up after and travel to and from, it just seems impossible to fit in to their days on a regular basis.
As a result of this belief, they are left knowing that more exercise would benefit them, but feeling helpless to do anything about it. Muscle stiffness and aches begin to develop due to inactivity.
There is another way - you could “drip feed” them into your day. Waiting for the kettle to boil? Do 10 or more squats or a few push-ups (against the worktop if you're a beginner). Talking on your mobile phone at home? Walk around and up and down the stairs a few times as you do.
If you want to do more aerobic work you could get a skipping rope – you’d be surprised how energetic just a couple of minutes of skipping can be. Even simpler, you could jog on the spot or dance to whatever’s on the radio.
Increasing your activity in this way can have a really positive effect on the health of your muscles. By taking each opportunity to do just a few movements you will accumulate a significant amount of exercise over a week. As a result, you might find that you feel inspired, motivated and more able to start prioritising time to exercise more formally.
Try it – you could find some of those stiff and tired muscles feeling better faster than you think.
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