This International Women's Day I teamed up with adidas to remind you to take time for yourself so you can be there for others.
As women we often tend to take care of others before ourselves. Many times using the excuse, I’m too busy caring for x, y, z to make time for our own health and well being. We often feel guilty and focus on caring for others or building our careers, juggling it all, but there's nothing more important than getting active for our own health to be there for others and ourselves. After all, how can we truly be there for our loved ones and/or careers if we are not functioning at our most optimal.
INSPIRE TO GET MOVING THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY
By now we all know that being active and staying active is important for all and especially as women. With the rise of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the U.S. it’s more important than ever to get moving. It is unanimous that exercise can help reduce your risk for both diseases. Check out this article from Harvard Medical School here.
The last few years I've focused on my own health struggles and fitness journey to hopefully help motivate and inspire you to get up and get moving. It doesn't matter what you do, but it matters that you make time to do it and do it consistently. Consistency is key here. Even 10 percent effort done consistently will yield results.
More and more we are becoming such a sedentary society thanks to modern conveniences. Movement helps with stress, anxiety, depression, and overall health. Doctors recommend 20 minutes of physical activity 6 days a week.
EASY WAYS TO WORK IN EXERCISE
Still don’t have time? Here’s how you can get in those 20 minutes.
Park farther and take stairs
Next time part at the farthest spot from the store and walk those extra steps when running errands. Opt for stairs whenever possible.
Practice isometric movements at your desk or waiting in line.
Look up easy to do isometric exercises to do when waiting in lines or as a quick 5 minute desk break. Example: palms together and pushing your hands while flexing your biceps and chest muscles. Hold for 30 seconds at a time and repeat.
Walk to lunch during your break.
We tend to take working lunches and eat in front of screens. During your next lunch break, walk to the nearest cafe for a coffee and enjoy it outside.
Schedule in your workouts.
For those who enjoy structure, take a day out of the week to schedule in workouts with someone, sign up for classes, and commit to at least 3 of them.
Commercial break challange.
Now most of us don’t watch live TV much anymore, but next time there’s a commercial, do sit ups, push ups, and squats.
What are some of your hacks for getting in extra movement? Share in the comments.