Hello, friends! You know you’ve said it. We all have. On days (weeks, months or maybe even years?) when your to-do list is as long as your arm. “I just don’t have the time to workout,” you tell yourself. So you don’t. And then you set off to tackle the rest of the items on your list. Like picking up the dry cleaning. Returning a pair of shoes to Nordstrom. Writing a new blog post. Stopping by the grocery store for a loaf of bread, a carton of milk and a stick of butter.
I understand busy. Trust me. But here’s the tough love part. And if you can’t handle tough love, stop reading right now and go back to work checking items off your to-do list. It is a scientifically proven fact that engaging in regular, purposeful movement (what others might refer to as “exercise” or a “workout”) is one of the most important factors to living a long and healthy life (I’ll discuss the other factors in upcoming blog posts, so stay tuned – yes, shameless plug). So, if one of your top priorities in life is to make it a long and healthy one, then one of your top priorities every single day should be engaging in some form of purposeful movement.
Let me say this another way. If you keep tell yourself you “just don’t have time to exercise,” then you are telling yourself – scientifically and statistically speaking – that you are OK with ultimately having less time on this earth and spending more of that less time in doctors’ offices and hospitals and less of that less time with friends and family.
The concept of “exercise” or “working out” can be intimidating. It elicits visions of meatheads in big box gyms staring at you while you trip over your own feet doing the grapevine in a roomful of women who not only look like supermodels but also perform as if they were born to do the grapevine. You might think you have to invest in an expensive gym membership or an hour or more each day of exercise. You might avoid outside exercise because it is too cold where you live. Or too hot. Or you might live in a 200-square foot, studio apartment with no room to boogy Zumba-style.
But purposeful movement isn’t scary. It does not have to involve a gym, and studies have shown that doing just 10 minutes a day of purposeful movement has dramatic benefits to your health and wellbeing. You can go for a 10-minute walk outside, or even walk around your house. You can invest in $5 resistance bands and do 10 minutes of resistance training in a tiny spot in your home (or outside). You don’t even need a resistance band, because you could do air squats while you’re brushing you’re teeth in the morning; do lunges while you’re talking to your mom on the phone (you know you always multitask when you talk to your mom on the phone, right?); do push-ups (on your knees or otherwise) and planks during the commercial breaks of your favorite show. You can engage in an impromptu dance party in your living room while holding your newborn (wait, that’s me). The key is, it all adds up and everything counts.
Perhaps you do not know where to start or how to begin, and that is the real reason you keep telling yourself you “just don’t have time to exercise.” That’s where I come in. I can design a workout for you that fits your lifestyle, your time constraints, your physical limitations and your preferences. I can make suggestions to you for workout videos that can be done in the comfort of your own home, with minimal equipment, in a small space and in a short period of time. I can even refer you to a ton of free videos on YouTube that can satisfy your need for daily purposeful movement and help get your object in motion. Because we all know that an object in motion stays in motion, but getting that object to make its first move is the biggest challenge.
This is not a sales pitch. I’m not trying to sell anything. Other than tough love. Because if “10 minutes (at least) of purposeful movement” is not at or near the top of your to-do list every single day, then your health is just not a priority in your life. And the gift of health is the most important gift you can give yourself and your family.
Think about it. Then go update your to-do list and let me know if you have any questions.
Until next time, be happy and healthy,
Hello, friends! I’m Kathleen, the Kettlebell Mama. Welcome to bells & peppers – a blog dedicated to all things related to fitness, nutrition and healthy living. As an athlete, trainer, nutritionist, cooking instructor, attorney, senior executive and new mom, I have learned how to balance my personal health and fitness goals with paying the bills, spending quality time with family and friends and pursuing a demanding career – without losing my mind! My goal is to inspire, empower and provide you with simple strategies to help you become your healthiest self in a balanced, realistic and sustainable way. Feel free to read more about my story here. Thanks for visiting bells & peppers!