Elementary, right? Maybe not.
It’s really amazing how sedentary our culture has become. Worse yet, did you know the average American spends 90% of their time indoors? We’ll talk in later posts about true “work out” options, but to start, challenge yourself to move for 20 consecutive minutes in some way every day. –If that can be outside, even better! The benefits of fresh air and exercise are countless from better sleep to reduced stress and beyond.
Depending where you are in your health journey will depend what this could look like. It could be as simple as taking the dog (or kids + stroller) out for a walk, it could be 20 minutes of relaxation Yoga before bed or first thing in the morning, or even just walking around an open area on your lunch break.
According to the CDC, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:
- Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer
And who doesn’t want those things? The trouble is, “real life” gets in the way. Schedules get busy making it difficult to find the time, weather gets bad making it difficult to find a place to walk, money is tight so there’s nothing extra to pay for that gym membership… STOP! I consciously avoid the phrase “I didn’t have time to…” because the truth is “I didn’t make time to…” Now, there are times when other priorities do take precedence in the short term, but in the grand picture, what’s more important than your health? If you don’t make time to help yourself, no one is going to be able to do it for you.
This isn’t a 90 day workout plan. It shouldn’t overwhelm you. It shouldn’t be upsetting to you if you miss a day. (No one is tracking you.) This is a general goal for a general life change. Try it. See how you feel? (And keep tracking that yourself 🙂
So get up, get out there, move and get healthy!