Dropped your fitness resolutions already? You aren’t alone. Statistics show that 30% of those who had fitness resolutions have already broken them.
Starting today, incorporate these easy activities into your day without going to the gym and spending hours. Within 30 days you will notice a difference in your health and/or strength.
1. Do Push Ups Every Time After You Go to the Bathroom
Start with one push up after you go. That is it; just one. If you go to the bathroom 7 times a day, that’s 7 more push ups than you used to do. Just the act of getting down on the floor and getting up again can be beneficial. When you feel stronger then do 2 each time. Keep adding until you feel that it is plenty to do within a short period of times. If you find yourself not wanting to do them, then decrease the #, but don’t stop. If you ever aren’t feeling well or are feeling tired, just go back to doing one. This keeps you in the habit of doing push ups and keeps your trigger (going to the bathroom) tied to that action. You will have those days. Don’t worry about it. The amount of push ups will go up again as you feel better.
If you really want to get this habit ingrained into your routine, when you get up, look in the mirror and say to yourself, “You rock.” Studies show having a reward enables to to keep the habit in your life.
A couple of notes. If you can’t even do one regular push up, then do push ups on your knees. If you work outside the home, then just do standing push ups against the wall or stall. Do squats, jumping jacks, or whatever it is that you want to work on doing instead. The purpose is to get yourself into the habit. It will add up. It will lead you to being more active at other times.
2. Walk in Your House or Office
Whenever possible get up and walk. Talking on the phone…walk. Reading the mail…walk. Going upstairs to get something, when you get to the top go back down and go up again just to move those extra 10 seconds. Almost everyone has an office or home that is big enough to pace. Sitting can be detrimental to your health, so get yourself used to moving. The purpose is to get your body used to not being in a seated position, it can then lead you to feeling like moving more in your life, even going for a walk outside after dinner.
One note. You may feel foolish at first. Your family might wonder what you are doing, but they will get used to it and may even join you in moving more and being more fit. Be a leader and an influencer in better fitness.
Do you do either of these fitness activities? Tell me about them in the comments.
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