Exercise is good for you! Benefits include improved mood, longer life expectancy, increased energy, maintaining a healthy body weight, increased bone density, and better memory. And that’s only listing a few! I could go on and on. So why do so many people put it low on the list of life’s priorities?
Most people that I talk to who do not exercise regularly say it comes down to their busy schedule. There just isn’t enough time in the day with work and all their other responsibilities.
A great way to get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity every week is to adjust some of the things you are already doing. Stairs or escalator? Take the stairs! Park at the far end of the mall parking lot when you go for groceries. Spend quality time with your kids or pets by moving! Bike to work. Go for a walk with a friend instead of sitting still for a coffee.
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend muscle strengthening twice per week. Many people are surprised that you can’t rely on just cardio if you want to live longer and healthier.
Good news though! If you are not a fan of the gym, you can do it at home! Use your own body weight by doing exercises like the plank, squats, or push-ups. Hold something like a bag of sugar or a bag of rice as added resistance. You can also safely challenge your muscles with resistance bands in various directions.
If you are unsure how to fit regular exercise into your life or you are worried you will get injured, consider seeing a Physiotherapist. They can help assess any previous injuries or any imbalances you might have and help coach you into an exercise program that works for you and your busy schedule!