The way people exercise and the amount of time they spend per day, per week, per month or not at all, are personal choices.
Everyone is looking for the fastest, shortest route to get fit. The main reason most people don’t exercise is due to the lack of time.
The question is, “How do you get inspired to exercise when you have barely enough time to get everything done every day?”
Here are 5 of my favorite inspired ways to exercise:
Visualize your desired outcome:
The beauty of this first step is that you don’t have to leave home. It doesn’t cost you a penny. Get clear on what you want to achieve and imagine it vividly. Envision that you’ve achieved it. Athletes do this all the time. Numerous studies have shown that the body cannot tell when athletes are visualizing something in their mind vs. actually doing the activity. Think yourself fit. If time is at a premium visualize yourself fit just before going to sleep.
Stretch and Relax:
Stretching is a great way to get in tune with your body. If you haven’t exercised in a long time or even if you are in the best shape of your life you can benefit from stretching. Think of stretching as a way of preventing injury in the future. My favorite book is “Stretch and Relax” – A day to day workout and relaxation program by Maxine Tobias and Mary Stewart. (**) This book has exercises for novice and advanced. It even has exercises for before and after you deliver your newborn.
High Interval Training:
High Interval training takes 10 minutes instead of an hour. McMaster University in Ontario, Canada did this “High-Intensity Interval Training” study. The method adopted was running or cycling at almost maximum effort for a minute and then resting for a minute and then repeating the process around 10 times. The details and results of this study were published in the ’Journal of Physiology’ and Professor Martin Gibala said the study proved that it was “possible to get more by doing less.” (**)
If you have access to a stationary bike this is a great way to spend 10 minutes.
Walk or Climb Stairs:
How do you fit walking into your day? Do you eat lunch? Of course, you do! Walk around the block or around your office building on your lunch break. It is a great way to clear your mind and get some fresh air. Climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. You’ll be amazed at how fast you get in shape when you take the stairs.
Get fit in 11 minutes a day:
Helen Mirren has been following this 1950 exercise regimen for years. I think she looks amazing! The workout was created by Bill Orban. It is made up of 10 basic muscle-working exercises including a series of push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, running and more. (**)
You don’t need to go to a gym or have any fancy equipment. You simply follow the program’s charts and progressively get fit. (**)
These 5 inspired ways to exercise I’ve shared with you above can be done for little or no money.
Still not convinced that you can fit exercise into your life? Here is a simple routine to get you started:
- Before going to bed tonight visualize your ideal fitness level.
- When you get up stretch and touch your toes a few times.
- During the day walk outside, in the mall or run up and down stairs.
- Just before bed stretch and touch your toes.
- Repeat step 1.
Nothing can stop you now!