Daily movement is one of the most important things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Not only can it help with weight loss, but it also positively impacts virtually every cell and system within your physical body and your mind.
“Among the benefits [of exercise] listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sharper thinking, less depression and anxiety, better sleep, help with weight management, stronger bones and muscles, and reduced risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, the colon and other organs.” – New Science Shows How Exercise Affects Nearly Every Cell in the Body
The good news is that you can easily fit exercise and movement into your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or strenuous. Any movement is beneficial, even if it’s a casual stroll around the neighborhood or a stretch before bed!
Here are my top 3 tips on how to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.
1. Call a Friend
If you struggle with staying motivated, lean on your friends, family, colleagues, or a coach for support! You could ask them to attend a class with you, share your fitness activity on your smart watch, check-in with each other throughout the week to make sure you’re hitting your movement goals, or schedule regular workout times each week so that the time is blocked off in your calendar. Having an accountability partner not only helps hold you to your commitments, it makes it more fun, and you can help give each other an extra push whenever motivation is running low.
2. Don’t Underestimate Simple Movements
You don’t have to train like your prepping for a marathon or powerlifting championship to get enough exercise every day. Simple movements for 30 minutes or more each day can and will significantly improve your health. For example, try walking for 30 minutes, riding a bike instead of taking public transportation, or doing a simple yoga flow first thing in the morning to start your day or wind down before bed. If adding in 30 minutes still seems daunting to you, try breaking it up into 15- or 10-minute blocks throughout the day. You could even park your car further from a store entrance, take the stairs when possible, pace while you’re on the phone, or find a virtual workout to follow along to so you can take the brainpower out of planning your workout. The key is to work smarter, not harder. Remember, KISS! – Keep it simple, stupid 🙂
3. Always Have a Plan
Having an exercise or workout plan is the key to success with any fitness goal. It will help you achieve greater consistency and remain committed to improving both your physical and mental well-being by building healthy habits into your routine.
And don’t forget to use your resources! Like the ones MightyMeals provides with Team MightyFIT. The MightyFit team consists of many certified and professional health and wellness experts, including personal trainers, nutritionists, and health coaches, like me. If you’re unsure where to start or feel stuck in your fitness journey and want expert advice, we can help! Reach out to one of our MightyFit team members today, and we will help guide you in creating a fitness plan that fits your unique lifestyle and goals. We can’t wait to work with you virtually or in person!