people think that exercise doesn’t count unless it’s 30 minutes at a
time. THAT IS NOT TRUE!! Any amount of exercise is good for you no
matter how long or short you are doing it.
One of the groups of
survivors that I work with recently did a series called “Setting Your
Exercise Goals: Making Your Good Intentions a Reality”.
the things that we identified in the group was what types of exercise
you can do in as little as 2 or 3 minutes, or the amount of time you
might be waiting for the microwave.
Here are some quick exercise ideas:
- Push-ups (on the wall or counter works just fine!)
raises (from a standing position, raise up on your tiptoes – try it
without holding on to the counter and it’s even harder! To make it more
intense, squeeze your glutes while you raise your heels off the ground!)
- Take cans in and out of the top shelf of the cupboard. (the heavier the better!)
- Walk the stairs in your house until the microwave beeps
- Jump rope (without the jump-rope!)
the ABC’s with your foot. (Note, you cannot write the ABC’s with your
foot on the ground – try balancing on one foot while doing the ABC’s
with the other. Or you can do them seated.)
get you started! Every 3 minutes will add up. Just find 10 times a day
that you can do these and you are doing 30 minutes of exercise! You’ll
be surprised about how sore you can get in 3 minutes!
I’d love to hear what you do for exercise while the microwave runs!