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2 Easy Ways to Add Fitness into Your Day - Inner Savvy Wellness

2 Easy Ways to Add Fitness into Your Day

2 Easy Ways to Add Fitness into Your Day - Inner Savvy Wellness

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.

2 Easy Ways to Add Fitness into Your Day - Inner Savvy Wellness

Do you do either of these fitness activities? Tell me about them in the comments.

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35 comments

  1. finsfanct says:

    Walking around the office is part of my daily routine. I do it partly for exercise, partly to keep my hips 7 back moving due to injuries, and partly to relax and reset my mind. My co-workers laugh (with me, not at me) as I do my laps. But that only adds to the enjoyment!

    • Karen G says:

      But you start small. I stared on my knees and did one each time, so about 7 to 9 at first. Then 2 that way and then I felt strong and moved to 1 regular one and have slowly moved up to 5 each time. I feel strong in my upper body than I have in many years.

  2. Grace says:

    Love this! One of the first ways I ever started exercising regularly was to do a set of 10 of different simple exercises each time I went to the bathroom. I thought of the idea on my own, and it worked really well. I could see my strength increasing for sure. I was totally embarrassed to tell people about it though, haha, so I love that you mentioned it here!

  3. Karen G says:

    I know it can be embarrassing, but I am a believer we should never apologize for any movement or activity we do. I would love to see people doing toe raises while waiting in the checkout line and Mom’s doing squats on the sidelines.

  4. Beth Niebuhr says:

    What great suggestions, Karen. And the best part is that they are easy to do! If you just make the pushups a habit so that soon you won’t even have to remind yourself, that is great! I also like the idea of adding little walks to your day when you are doing something else like talking on the phone. That way you can accomplish 2 things at once.

    • Karen G says:

      I think you should always have a minimum of what you will do, that can be as little as one pushup, but to do a minimum means you are successful and usually the starting is the hardest part.

  5. Great suggestions, Karen. It may sound silly but I do squats while brushing my teeth. With my bad shoulder, push-ups are harder. but, I do the angled push-ups where my hands are on my 2 foot high large entertainment center, while commercials are on when I watch my show at lunch. I also like to walk on my treadmill while research for client social media posts. It works well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen G says:

      Sabrina, I love those ideas. It isn’t silly, you are taking your healthy seriously, nothing silly about that. I really do wish we could get to the point where we would see everyone who waits in line doing toe raises, squats, toe touches, whatever. Not that would be a world that is health physically and mentally because we wouldn’t be worry what others think.

  6. susanmarymalone says:

    You speak to the essence of fitness–it’s something we incorporate into daily life! I love the push-ups idea!

  7. Since I was urged to start walking by my osteopath and many other people, I am all in for #2, Karen. Yes, I walk whenever and wherever I can. If I park in a parking lot, I park a distance away to make sure I get some extra steps in. Often I run up and down my stairs at home as well to get some extra steps in. Although we have winter weather that often prohibits outdoor walking, I cherish the sunny days where I can get out and walk. It is the easiest exercise of all to add to our daily lives. Thanks!

    • Karen G says:

      Good for you, I am sure it has help your bone health to walk. I have never walked outside in the winters before, but now that we have a dog, I have walked him twice a day almost every day in all kinds of wind, snow and ice. Amazing that I could do it but it feels great.

  8. debhnelson says:

    I’m all over the walking! I joined a challenge for the month of January – 5 miles a day outside. Yes, I’m very grateful for a mild January in Maine!! AND – I just might have to give the push ups a try; they’ve always presented a challenge. One at a time, that just might be do-able.

    • Karen G says:

      Congrats on doing the 5 mile a day challenge. Living in North Dakota I know how hard that can be in the cold. But I walked my dog twice a day almost every day this month no matter how cold. Really hope you try the pushups, it is amazing how you will progress faster than you think possible.

  9. rozbeads says:

    Never one for any exercise I have taking on walking around the house, getting up from my desk, going up & down, etc. Still need to increase this but at least I’m conscious it needs doing.

  10. Joyce Hansen says:

    Love the idea of the bathroom push up, but I think I’ll opt for deep knee bends. I keep an exercise bike in the office and use it everytime I get stuck writing or just can’t face the sceen anymore.

    • Karen G says:

      Definitely fit it to your health or strength goals. I knew I was neglecting my upper body strength and that is why I chose pushups. Love that you have created your own trigger.

  11. I used to work out at lunch because I had an hour and brought lunch… and didn’t want to eat out (watching my weight) and didn’t want to shop (worked near a mall and wanted to save money).. but now, I moved and ended up starting my business. So, I decided, start my day with working out, shower and eat then start my work day.. that way, very little excuses. Sure, there might be an appt or something, and that’s okay, as long as my plan was to always work out first thing… and 2.5 years later… still got it.

    Funny thing you mention the pushups at bathroom visits.. I DO THAT! lol

    • Karen G says:

      Kristen is sure looks like you have health as a priority in your life. I love your attitude about it and that it is ok if an appt comes up sometime. No guilt just doing the best you can. (oh and yes, love that you do push ups too. I used to think that I was the only one, but I realize I am not. There are many of us trying to do what we can, when we can. Here’s to healthy us. 🙂

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