I hear women say, “I need to exercise to get healthy” but the best kind of exercise may not be the types they are thinking.
They are probably imagining they need to do spin classes, Tae-bo, Jillian Michaels, Sweating to the Oldies, Zumba, Nautilus, or CrossFit.
And I’m sure they think they will need new Nikes, sports bras, spandex, a gym membership, a trainer, a workout partner and a 4:30 am wake-up call.
Does the thought of all of that overwhelm you?
Don’t worry – it doesn’t need to be hard or complicated.
Just start by moving.
And move often.
I have a path I take in my tiny apartment that allows me to get all my steps in throughout the day without leaving the house.
Think little Billy in Family Circus when he was sent off to get something.
This was particularly useful during lockdown when I was in Spain where for quite awhile we weren’t allowed out of our homes.
Nowadays, I do make a point to also do my walking outside, but if I want to stay in my jammies all day, I will.
Aww, the joys of working from home.
Try to get up from the couch or your office chair and move for 5-10 minutes every hour or half hour. Hit the bathroom, refill your water bottle, look outside, stretch yourself, take the scenic route or the stairs. It will refresh your eyes, your mind and you will feel more focused when you go back to what you were doing.
Easy pace, in whatever you happen to be wearing – you don’t even have to put on your shoes.
I like to have a route planned, covering as much floor space as possible so my “laps” are longer, and put in some challenges and obstacles along the way:
🌀 Got tile floors? Take them 2 (or more) at a time whenever you’re on them or hopscotch when you cross the room.
🌀 Got stairs? Take them 2 at a time or crawl up on hands and knees.
🌀 In the living room, stop to sit on every seat as you make your way around the room.
🌀 Bunny hop in a certain hallway or room.
🌀 Lunge your way across another one.
🌀 Roll or crawl across your bed. (You may need to re-make it later 😉)
🌀 Say your daily affirmation every time you catch your reflection along the way.
🌀 Do 5 jumping jacks in every bathroom.
🌀 Have a dramatic or fun finish at the end of each lap, like when the locals kick the wall at the end of the Salthill Prom in Galway.
You are only limited by your imagination.
Of course there are more limitations when you are at the office, but I’m sure you can sneak a few things in here or there.
Map your inside walking route and log 10+ minutes.
Use the information in today’s blog post to inspire your own walking route throughout your home and/or office.
It doesn’t have to be complex or full of fancy tricks, but if you want to make it fun and allow yourself to be silly, please have at it.
Whatever you do, keep safety in mind.
Put on your favorite feel-good music and soon you will be looking forward to your walking route break.
Do it once, or be like my clients who do it on the hour or half hour as well.
How many steps will YOU rack up today?
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