Exercise is sometimes daunting to people. “How can I do more in a day? How can I stay motivated? The gym scares me.” There are lots of reasons to be exercise-phobic.
Here are some simple things that I’ve done to help get more exercise in my day, or to keep me motivated.
If you exercise and track what you’ve done, you may be motivated to exercise more often. I used President’s Challenge. They have all kinds of activities listed on President’s Challenge – from cleaning the house to mowing the lawn to yoga to running. And, I got some metals for all that tracking!
Logging on and seeing your progress in a visual way really helps. It keeps you going on those days where your motivation may lag a little. I even rallied some support and got a few people to sign up with me. We made it a challenge for everyone who participated.
I’m actually pretty proud of the metals I got from President’s Challenge. It was a great way to stay motivated.
Try cleaning your house; this is a great way to burn some calories. And, as a bonus, you get a clean house!
According to a study from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the inside of the participants’ homes had more to do with higher physical activity levels than the sidewalks, lighting and other elements. In other words, people with cleaner homes are more physically active. Vacuum, that burns about 240 calories per hour. Or, do some laundry and you’ll burn about 125 calories per hour.
All exercise counts. Get out and do something. Go for a walk with your kids. Tell your family that you’ll clean up after dinner and silently laugh to yourself that you’re getting your exercise. Well, ok maybe you won’t do that, but you know what I mean.
I know that sharing your experiences helps some people. Share your goals and accomplishments on Facebook if that helps you. It’ll help keep you honest, that’s for sure.
Get out and move a little. Or, move a lot. It’s up to you. And, if you need an exercise buddy, I’ll go with you.