This is my first article written for HouFit! Think you don’t have time for exercise? Everyone does. Don’t believe me? Read on!
Exercise by Sneak Attack, aka “…but I don’t have time!”
What’s the most commonly given excuse for not exercising? Time. Why do so few people have time for exercise? For the self-motivated, it’s a non-issue, but for the 70% of American adults who do not exercise regularly, it has to be chalked up to the simple idea that people have time for what is important to them. They go to work from 8 to 5 because the work (or the income, or both) is important to them. They manage to leave early for work in time to stop at Starbuck’s because it’s important to them. They watch American Idol because that hour of entertainment is important to them. They play catch in the yard with their kids because that quality time is important to them.
Unless the power of a personal epiphany has struck you squarely between the eyes, chances are you won’t be rearranging your routine to make precious time for something new, even if it will prolong your life, make you look great, feel better, etc. So, how can exercise manage to squirm its way into the category of Important Things to Do?
By sneak attack. Yes, exercise can be had stealthily, and for many, this is the key that needs to be turned to open the door to a healthier, longer life.
If you, like most people, spend some time in front of the TV in the evenings (or mornings), and you can’t remember the last time you exercised, this is your new assignment: Every time a commercial comes on, do 10 pushups (on your knees is okay!) and 20 jumping jacks.
That’s it for this week. Next week, you’ll add a few more reps, and we’re going to play it like you played drinking games in college. If you watch the Simpsons, every time Homer says, “Doh!” that’s 15 mountain climbers. If Weeds is your bag, then every time someone says “Nancy,” it’s 15 tricep dips. Get where I’m going with this?
If you spend more time in front of the computer than the TV, then you’re doing reps every time you have to wait for something to load, every time you refresh your Facebook page, etc.
If you like to game, you don’t go to the next level until you’ve pumped out 20 squats and 15 crunches.
Once you have accomplished these for a few weeks, you’ll see some results and you’ll want more, but none of that matters right now. Just get started. Do something, because something, no matter how small, is better than nothing, every single time.
If this isn’t your first rodeo with exercise, if you’re already on that train, then this is all just “greasing the groove,” a way for you to get better at the things you’re already good at. If you want a better pushup, stronger pecs, do more pushups when you’re not in the midst of your workout. If you can only do 10 chin-ups now, and you want to do more, set a goal for yourself to do 50 a day, but break it up into sets of 5 and 10 throughout your day. Before you know it, you’ll be doing them one-handed with the remote control in the other.
Now, before you click to the next article or go to the next website, drop and give me 10!