Some people are blessed with perpetual energy and a strong motivation to stay fit. Others, not so much. It seems like the majority of fitness advice is written for those incredibly active people who live in lululemons, have an IV of green juice attached to their arm, and make it to the gym twice a day. But for the rest of us normal people, that can be pretty difficult to maintain!!
If you’re anything like me, you get overwhelmed by all the intense workout lists and healthy recipes that show up on your feed. Sometimes, simplicity can be hugely refreshing for your mind and your body.
Here are my three tips for incorporating movement into your existing schedule to maintain a healthy lifestyle without getting overwhelmed:
Wear Sneakers More Often
Let’s talk about shoes. As a girl who loves a good pair of sandals, I tend to live in flat shoes with zero support. Not only does this habit wreak havoc on my joints, spine, and overall posture, it also discourages high energy movement! I find myself literally experiencing a pep in my step just from the support of my sneakers! A choice as small as throwing on a pair of Nikes in the morning can make a huge difference in your willingness to move more throughout the rest of the day.
Take Some Laps
Got a long day of studying at the library, or work from home? If you’re wearing sneakers, you can easily take a break every hour for a light jog around the block. You can even add in some push ups, jumping jacks, or burpees! Incorporating movement in small increments adds up, and getting your heart rate up for any amount of time is awesome for you! Plus, you’ll get back to work with a fresh perspective and a dose of feel-good endorphins.
Set Small Goals
Do you have two extra minutes to spare in your day? If so, start your day holding a plank for one minute, and end it the same way. This is an example of a small habit that, if practiced consistently, will greatly benefit your health!
Start off with an attainable goal, and it will eventually grow over time. The positive feeling of accomplishing your goal, no matter how small it is, will boost your self-confidence and strengthen your discipline.
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make small changes in your life. You can always start small and still finish strong! Try out these tips and add your own to the mix. Let’s make 2018 the best yet!
Now if I can just get myself to follow my own advice… 😉