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Ain't nothing to it

but to

Move It !

Do you find time, or should I say "make" time to workout?  Or do you allow time to outwork you?

I know I have fallen into the latter too many times.  I get focused, make a plan, workout for a day or two and then it's back to my routine of making excuses.  Working out and being active just didn't fit anywhere in my daily schedule - at least that's what I would tell myself. "I don't have the time to workout", "My schedule won't allow it", and blah blah blah.

But then one day I realized something.  One of the reasons that I was having a difficult time with staying committed to working out was because I was trying to do too much at once.  I was being unrealistic with the amount of time I tried to devote to working all while trying to maintain an already chaotic schedule. And so if I wasn't able to get in the 1 hour or 2 hour workout I had planned on completing, I would just throw in the towel and quit.

However, in order to have my MILF body again something had to give.   I finally smartened up and made a few adjustments mentally and created realistic goals and expectations for myself.  I figured that I would focus more on activities that burned more energy in less amount of time.  By doing so, I could easily fit working out into my busy routine.

So what are some ideas and tips for being able to get Moving when life already keeps you moving on a consistent basis?

 

Check out a few tips and ideas below!

*Disclaimer: The ideas and tips below are being shared for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new workout routine or if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to exercise regimens and routines.* 

How much moving should I be doing?

According to the 2nd Edition Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG), adults should do a whole lot more moving and a whole lot less sitting down throughout the day (sigh, there goes my couch potato-ness).  Here is what they suggest:

  • Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity

 

      or

  • 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity

     and

  • muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity (all major muscle groups) at least 2 or more days a week

What are some quick, effective activities that I can do to get moving?

Here are some example exercises that you can do if you're super busy being awesome and can't find a lot of time in your schedule:

WALKING (30 minutes)

Take a brisk walk during your lunch break.  Or you can break it into two 15-min walks throughout the day

1.

SWIMMING (20 minutes)

Go to your local pool and swim a few laps for at least 20 minutes.

2.

YARD WORK (30 minutes)

Knock out 2 birds with 1 stone by making your yard look nice while exercising at the same time.

3.

JOGGING (15 - 20 minutes)

Make it a fun outing with family or friends and go for a quick jog at the park or around the neighborhood.

4.

DANCING (30 minutes)

Put on your headphones or turn the radio up and get your dancing on. You can do this while cooking, cleaning the house or going out with friends.

5.

JUMP ROPE (15 minutes)

This is a good way to get your day JUMP started or a quick exercise to get in at the end of a long day.

6.

There are several other exercises and activities that are also the most effective in the least amount of time. Just choose the ones that you are able to do and that work best with your daily schedule.

 

Click here to access the full 2nd Edition Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG).  Read through the guidelines to get more valuable information pertaining to the benefits of moving around as well as more exercises, tips and ideas.  And now that you are done reading this, do yourself a favor and

GET UP AND MOVE IT!