Exercise is all about moving. If we don't have a set time (i.e. 30 minutes) of exercise to do at one time, we think: "What's the use." I like having a step calculator so I can get my 6,000 to 10,000 steps in a day. I like walking outside (I live near the beach) because once I have gone a distance I can't just give up because I have got to walk back. I park far from the store and I look for opportunities to walk all through the day. If you doing this, you will be easily moving throughout the day.
I like to pace around while on the phone, it's good for me, and I believe the person I'm talking to can hear that my voice is more alert as when I'm slumping in my chair. I also have a reminder set on my laptop which makes me get up once every hour and go get a glass of water.
I get up at 4:30 a.m. for work. Before I even leave the bed I do a few little stretches to help my back trouble. Then I take my shower and then eat a small breakfast to get me going. Then I login to SparkPeople to do my daily spin and log in my breakfast. I go back to my bedroom and do a few jumping jacks and some knee lifts, leg lifts and side kicks to boost my morning energy.
I try to fit jumping jacks, donkey kicks, skipping or even a few push-ups into whatever procrastination time I have.
This is a good idea for the following reasons: It's beautiful out there with trees and plants and the like, fresh air is good for you and can help you clear your head if you're stressed, the sun = vitamin D, and, of course, going outside means you're moving, which is good for you!
First thing in the morning and all throughout the day, wear your running shoes in the house. Somehow, it makes you feel like you should be getting up and moving and doing something, whether it is cleaning or exercising. Its easy to stay on the couch in your fuzzy wuzzy bunny slippers, but when you have running shoes on, it doesn't seem right to put your feet up in them!
When I was moving from my small 1 bedroom to a much nicer 2 bedroom I started to realize how much junk I had accumulated. I wanted to clean out so I didnt have to reclutter my new place, so I turned on Netflix and watched a few episodes of the show Hoarders. That show will scare anyone with clutter into wanting to throw stuff out. I think I may have thrown away more than I kept!
Click photos and words that inspire you from fitness magazines or ones that inspire you ("O" has great images). Use these to make or update your vision collage to keep you motivated. Put it where you can see it often - on your bathroom mirror, where you regularly exercise, or on the refrigerator door.
I am moving and have used this practice everytime I have done so.
I love the burst of energy that I get after working out! I have "Walk Away the Pounds" (Leslie Sansone), PodRunner Intervals, and 5K101.com. I have no excuse to NOT get my workouut in. Rain, sleet, snow, extreme heat.... bring it on! I have my tools for a sustainable indoor and outdoor workout plan.
Create a standing computer desk, or use an existing surface to compute and surf the net from a standing position. You will burn more calories, exercise posture muscles and, in general, promote better health than doing it sitting all the time.