We all know physical activity is important. Exercise strengthens the heart and helps to prevent disease. Movement also allows you to connect with your body, build confidence by feeling stronger, and increasing happiness with the release of endorphins, which are your “happy hormones.” Even though we know know the positive effects of exercise, there are very real barriers that may be preventing movement in your life each day.
If time and fitness equipment are barriers for you, here are 3 easy ways to get in a simple workout more regularly, no matter what.
#1 Get outside.
Get outside. Go for a walk, jog, run, or a hike. If you only have a few minutes during your lunch break, bring sneakers and go for a fast-paced walk. Get your friends and coworkers involved by having walking meetings and hike hangouts. Add in a few body weight exercises like squats, lunges, planks, and push-ups for strength. Every minute of physical activity you can add throughout the day will add up and increase your benefits.
#2 Do a quick, online workout.
You don’t have to be in a gym to get an effective workout in. In the morning, on your lunch break, or after work, try a workout from one of these popular websites. Most have options for 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and you can change it up every single day!
○ Barre3 Online: www.barre3.com
○ Daily Burn : www.dailyburn.com
○ Fitness Blender : www.fitnessblender.com
3. Use a workout app on-the-go.
Wherever you are, you most likely have your phone in hand, so try one of these popular apps for a quick workout!
○ Nike + Training Club
○ Couch to 5K
○ Body by Simone
No matter how short or long your workout, don’t forget to use these essential oils to support your body!
Peppermint: Breathe it in before your workout to feel energized and focused.
R.C. or Breathe Again: Rub a couple drops on your chest for runs and hikes to uplift your breathing.
Copaiba or Cool Azul Pain Cream: Apply on muscles after your workout and relax.