There’s no denying, our bodies were designed to move. Think back to when we were hunter gatherers – we were on our feet all day, and eating only the food that we caught/found (which was primarily meat & seeds/ plants).
Today our lifestyles are typically WAY more sedentary. Especially if you are working in an office environment, chances are you don’t have the chance to be active.
Increased Lung Capacity It feels SO great to be able to breathe deeply, feeling your body fill up with fresh clean air and exhaling all the old stale air. You will find yourself breathing deeper throughout the whole day.
Happy Mindset Exercise, especially morning exercise, really gets you in a positive mindset. Just 15 minutes in the morning makes you feel so good and really motivates you to make awesome food decisions for the rest of the day. Why would you undo your hard work?
Metabolism and Digestion Exercise speeds up all your body processes. It gets everything moving and makes you feel alive. When your digestion and metabolism are working well, it’s so much easier to lose weight.
Burning kjs There’s no denying, the more you move the more fat you’ll burn. Your body needs energy to make it move. If you have no available glucose in your body then it will HAVE to burn fat!”
Relaxation Being active allows you to switch off. It’s a great way to focus on yourself and give your brain a rest.
Sleep Exercise helps you sleep better! Being active during the day ensures a good, deep sleep that sees you waking up refresh
There is absolutely no denying that movement of some description is super important to us feeling our best. You don’t have to smash it out at the gym 6 days a week to achieve this. Simply do anything that you enjoy that requires your body to move.
If we are starting out at 30mins per day. This can be split up into two 15 minute bursts – if that’s easier for you. Below are some examples to get you started – choose the ones that you love the most.
- 30 minutes movement daily as a minimum
- Think about incidental exercise on top of this.
- Find something you enjoy
- If needed, find yourself a training buddy. Someone to help you stay accountable and to join you.
Movement Action Points
- Decide what movement you will do for 30 minutes each day (can be split into two 15 minute chunks).
- Pick one from the exercises below, or come up with your own.
- Plan when you are able to do these. Pop it into your diary or planner. Make it an appointment.
Types of activities
Power Walking Focus on your posture – suck in your tummy, stand up tall and GO FAST! Feel the muscles in your legs working and stretching out. Breathe deeply. Breathe in new fresh air and breathe out old stale air. Breathe out any negative emotions, stress or anxiety.
Swimming Completing laps – not just splashing about at the beach! Swimming is a great strength exercise that tones muscles as well as burns fat. Perfect in summer – but even in winter there are heaps of heated pools around the place. Reward yourself with a spa or sauna at the end.
Yoga Anna’s personal favourite. Yoga is a great all over body workout that also helps your mind. You’re so focused on your postures that you really forget about all your “problems” in the outside world. It’s your time just for you – to relax, unwind and find peace. Body Balance is a great yoga style class that most gyms offer and is suitable for beginners.
Running Nothing beats that sweaty, out of breath, but energised feeling of completing a run. You can even start by running just 5 minutes then power walking. Another great idea is to run a block then walk a block – you will find that you improve so fast. If I am out of practice and want to get back into running, I will run down all the hills then power walk up them until my fitness builds up
Gym Class If the gym is more your thing, classes are a great way to burn fat, increase your heart rate and tone muscles. Most gyms have such a huge selection of classes you can always find something to suit your schedule.
Boot Camps There are so many great bootcamp style exercise sessions available now. This is originally how I got back into exercise. Usually between 20-30 people in a park or at the beach. It’s a great mix of cardio, strength + fresh air and very cost effective. Great to do with a friend for extra accountability.
Free workouts online You can find loads of FREE short 5-15min workouts that you can find on youtube. Super convenient, as they can be done at home. There are longer ones too, but if you can find a few 15min sessions, you can pop them within your week.