28 Jan Find The Little Moments To Exercise
Find The Little Moments To Exercise
I want to say up front that in no way is this next piece of advice intended to take the place of your 3-5 times per week of rigorous exercise, but if you are on the lower end of that range, if you have to miss a day of your normal routine, or if you are trying to boost your metabolism a little bit more than usual… this blog is for you. So here it goes…
I know you’ve heard a million times to take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator, but here it goes again… Take the freakin’ stairs.
In addition, here are some other things I do when my jeans are feeling a bit snug:
1. Task Association:
Associate an everyday task with an exercise. For example- If I feel my ass is especially droopy that month, I will pair brushing my teeth with leg lifts or heel/ceiling presses. Lean over a sink and start brushing your teeth. Do 50 leg lifts with a straight leg (toe pointed) each side, or 50 bent-leg ceiling presses per side (bend leg 90 degrees and push up to the ceiling). There are many alternate exercises you can pair with common tasks. You can do calf raises (30-50) while cooking over the stove. You can do lunges every time a commercial comes on during your favorite show. The trick is to associate an everyday task with some sort of exercise.
2. Glute Clenches:
If I am ever stuck in the car more than 30 minutes, (HELLO, I live in Los Angeles)… I will do butt clenches for the entire length of a song. Simply find a song that inspires you, and start squeezing your glutes to the beat. You will be surprised the next day when your ass is sore!
3. 16 Hour Interval Training Mini Sets:
Set your timer on your phone for every hour on the hour (or every 2 hours to start). When your timer goes off, do 30 seconds of exercise. Then go about your daily activities. When the timer goes off again in an hour, exercise again for 30 seconds. Continue this sequence for all waking hours. It doesn’t matter what form of exercise it is, and it’s best to mix it up. For example, if you are on a 2 hour interval: your timer goes off at 12:00, so you do 30 seconds of jumping jacks. Next, your timer goes off at 2:00, so you do 30 seconds of ab crunches. Your timer goes off at 4:00, and you do 30 seconds of push-ups, etc. It’s simply a way to keep your metabolism working throughout the day.