The current recommendations for physical activity is at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
As many of you know, the past month I have been increasing my physical activity. Due to the fatigue from my cancer journey, I have had to make slow, yet steady changes to my lifestyle. In the past, I typically would last maybe one or two days with a routine. I would then be to tired or sore to make it to day 3. This time, I have listened more to my body.
Here are just a few tips that have helped me succeed this time:
1--Rest. I find I don't have the energy to exercise if I don't get enough sleep at night. Also, I give myself a day off when I start to feel "run down."
2--Make every movement count. When time didn't permit a trip to the gym, I added extra activity throughout my day. Some examples: I marched in place while waiting for the microwave to heat up my lunch. I did toe raises while standing at the printer. I did a few squats when I went to the bathroom.
3--When I was in the "don't care" mood and didn't want to exercise--I gave myself permission to stop after 5 minutes. Typically, the 5 minutes would lead to 30...just getting started is soooo hard to do.
4--I plan my work out times according to my weekly schedule. I write the times in PEN in my calender.
So, you would think with this healthy living, I would lose some weight...nahhhh...at least not yet! But I do feel better and have a lot more energy. (Can't you tell...with all my blog updates and posting?)
Q. Do you struggle with getting enough physical activity? If you have some physical activity tips, please share them.