Working Out a Little is Better than Not Working Out at All

As we move into week 6, you’ve probably got your list of COVID-19 resolutions ready to go. By now you threw them out the door! It’s always at the top of our list to make health a priority in the New Year and now this isolation, which is a noble and incredibly vital goal to have. But life has a funny way of happening and making other plans for you, doesn't it?! You may start out with good intentions, but work, illnesses, and other factors can get in the way, keeping you from that workout you’d planned on. I have some encouraging news, though -- science has your back. It seems that studies confirm that a little exercise is better for your health than none at all.

Let me know in the comments below what your COVID -19 and News Years Resolution were this year, I’m eager to hear what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2020!

So when life gives you lemons, make the best of it by getting in some kind of activity each day. Here are some suggestions you can try when you’re short on time to get at least enough exercise to feel good and stick to your resolutions.

Split it up Maybe you can’t commit to 30 solid minutes per day, but guess what? You don’t have to! If it’s easier to find 10-minute blocks of time to get that exercise in, then

do that. By the end of the day, you’ll have fulfilled your exercise quota, and you’ll be on your way to feeling healthier. Once you get in the swing of it, you'll crave that daily exercise and make sure you find time for it, too.

Walk the staircase, block or property Trapped on deadline, isolation, family, homeschooling? I feel ya! But sitting behind the desk all day isn’t good for anyone. When you feel anxiety increasing or on your lunch, take a break and walk up and down the stairs or around the block, even for just 15 minutes. Finding ways to fit exercise into the daily tasks we have to do is a perfect way to utilize limited time.

Try HIIT or YouTube Based workouts If walking bores you, try a few HIIT exercises in your basement, living room or bedroom. Again, you can split it up throughout your day to make sure you get some exercise in.

Walk to work YES walk to work For those of you in big cities, let your feet lead the way to work. You can try getting off at a stop or two earlier on the subway and walk the rest of the way. Bring your work shoes in your bag and change into them when you arrive so you can make the most of your steps. No choice but to drive? Try parking further away from the door for a longer stroll from the car to the office.

Try a Spotify Walking Playlist

Schedule it into your weekend If you'd prefer to have a more active weekend, focus on getting a good bit of activity over the weekend to make up for any sedentary days during the week. So if you really can’t take the time during the week, block out at least an hour and 15 minutes worth of time on your weekend to faithfully hit the gym or jogging trail. Now that you know you have more flexibility with getting your exercise, I know you can utterly crush your good-health goals this year.

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