I know it seems to be early to be talking about Christmas, however, we want everyone to start planning their workouts ahead of the busyness the holiday season brings. Its always great to be able to start building your foundation of consistent workouts now, BEFORE the holidays creep up on us (and they really are just around the corner)!
One of the most common excuses to skip a workout is lack of time.
No excuses! Everyone has 20 or 30 minutes of time every day. You have to want it (your health) enough and creatively squeeze it in. Make an appointment in your calendar as you would any other important commitment like your doctor and health care check-ups and social commitments.
Keep in mind, exercise doesn’t have to be done all at once. This can be split up into a 10 or 15 minute segment done twice throughout the day. In fact, shorter bursts of higher intensity exercise can be very rejuvenating and get the endorphin levels up more often this way.
The key is consistency so think of exercise a routine like brushing your teeth. We don’t just brush our teeth for a 2 or 3 a month period and then don’t do it again until the New Year or the Spring. It has to be done daily and consistently in order to get the results.
Here’s some ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine:
Walk/run your dog more (pets can be great for accountability & motivation) at the Dog Park. We’re lucky in Uxbridge to have our new dog park on the 6th concession beside the museum. Don’t just let your dog run and play though, get involved. Play and run with your dog! Or, walk the perimeter of the park doing walking lunges or do a loop then do a set of squats. Arrange to meet a buddy who has a dog or make friends with other dog owners at the park and arrange for a dog and exercise date! You’ll be more likely to stick with it and have a lot of fun whether you’re chasing your 4 legged friends or letting them play while you and your dog owner buddies get your exercise in.
Only have 30 minutes or less? Try this:
Example: The Double Duty Circuit:
Complete all 4 exercises with minimal rest in between each.
Repeat the entire 4-exercise sequence 3 times.
#1. Lunge Press
Targets: Legs, Shoulders
#2. Renegade Push up
Targets: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Core
#3. Squat Thrusters
Targets: Anterior Shoulders, Legs
#4. Push Pull Plank
Targets: Core, Shoulders