One of the ways I’m loving adding more exercise into my daily routine to ‘GET ACTIVE’ is to add a few Mini Exercise Boosts into my day.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t got the time or the inclination to get in the car, drive to my local town (about 15 minutes away) and then spend an hour at the gym or in an exercise class.
If you like that sort of thing, go for it. It’s all great. I’m certainly not knocking people who do this. In fact, I think you’re amazing. But the reality is for so many of us, we’re just not going to do it.
I work from home and mostly sat down on my computer. My normal work hours are Monday – Friday 8am -4pm. I can quite happily only move to go to the toilet and feed myself. But that doesn’t fit in with my plan to get slim, healthier and fitter.
What I do instead of those long exercise workouts is add several Mini Exercise Boosts into my day to get active every day.
What are Mini Exercise Boosts?
Mini Exercise Boosts are anything that takes a really short amount of time where you get active. I’m talking 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes…
You can do anything active, such as run or walk up and down the stairs a few times, a blast of star jumps, running or jogging on the spot, put a song on and dance until it finishes, do the hoovering (put a lot into it)…
The idea is to really put a lot into these short bursts and do them often.
I aim to do 5+ a day on top of my walks and any other exercise I do.
I try to do a mini exercise boost at least once an hour. This helps to make sure I don’t get back ache through hours on the computer too. I’ll do them while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil or while I’m waiting for something to upload on my computer. You can look for times in your day to add these short boosts.
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Ideas for your mini-exercise boosts
As long as it’s getting you up and getting you moving about, it’s a mini-exercise boost. Here are some suggestions of my own.
- 10, 20, 30… star jumps
- 10, 20, 30 standing wall push-ups
- Jogging on the spot (1 minute)
- Dancing to a favourite song
- Marching on the spot 500 steps
- Step ups – Using the bottom step of your house stairs, do 100 step ups and step downs
- Climbing the rope – Reach your arms up and pretend to pull yourself up a rope. Do 50 pulls
- 2×20 squats
- A really short (a few minutes) walk – People tend to think a walk means a long walk but If you’ve only got a few minutes, walk for a few minutes.
- A few minutes pulling weeds up in the garden
- Walk or run (carefully) up and down the stairs (build up to 5 times without stopping.
More Ideas to boost your fitness levels and improve your health
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to improve your health and fitness this week.
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