Hello and welcome to my Tuesday Tip number eight.
In my last tip I talked about how to get the creative juices flowing (it was by being lazy by the way) and today I want to talk to you about a simple way to get your energy flowing.
Do you feel like you never have time for exercise and the thought of going to the gym fills you with dread, cringe, exhaustion, overwhelm or all of the above? Don't you fret my friend, I've got you covered. Exercise definitely does not have to be an 'all or nothing' affair, it really can be a few minutes here and there throughout the day and week.
Did you know that cooking is exercise? Cleaning the flat or doing the laundry is exercise. Walking to work is exercise. Helping your friend move house is exercise.
Yes, my friends, all of this is a form of exercise. You are MOVING your body and getting the juices flowing (in this case, the blood and oxygen and all the good things). It might not be specific cardio or shaping of the glutes, but it is movement and it burns extra calories and energy.
So remember this when you feel like you don't do "anything" and that you're a failure for not pumping the iron at the gym for 4 hours a day.
One of the simplest - and in my mind, most fun - ways to get some exercise in here and there throughout the day is:
Dancing to your favourite song.
You could do this several times in the day. Just put on a song you love, jump up from your desk or your Netflix marathon or whatever you're doing, and start shaking your backside like there's no one watching. If you do want an audience, this could also be a family affair. Jump around with your kids to your favourite tunes and pretend it's the noughties and you're 'havin' it large' in Manchester's Cream wearing a neon coloured PVC onesie, whistle and glow stick in hand.
By dancing around for a few minutes here and there throughout the day, you really get the juices flowing and you have actually done exercise that day, without necessarily noticing it or taking any extra time to do it. Many of my clients follow this by doing a little dance during office hours, for instance one song an hour.
Why not try this out today by compiling a playlist with a few songs that you love to dance to and throw your hands up in the air like you just don't care?
Let me know how you get on!