Exercise is defined differently for everyone.
Many of who I know exercise (and I’m sure you can relate) by lifting weights, running, HIIT training, etc. Go to the gym, get a vigorous workout in, push those quads and hammies on leg day until you practically need assistance leaving the building. I need protein, stat!
Now, how about something a little less strenuous on the body? As I was doing research online, a Google question popped up that I found too interesting: “Is walking considered exercise?”.
I think this is true for many. Much of the time there is a need to continually push our bodies with more vigorous movements, that we tend to forget there are other means of exercising without limiting our beliefs on what is “enough” in regards to a fulfilling workout. I was a weight lifter, and my workouts were nothing but that. “Consistency” was the mentality. Gains. Even pushing my body until exhaustion.
And then I got sick from exposure to black mold, and all means of exercising came to a halt.
Fast forward to now, I have a deep appreciation for the simple pleasure of walking, because for the longest time that’s all I could do. To move my body, however that looks, and finishing my workout with a sense of accomplishment.
So, if you’re stuck in limbo on the exercise train, here are a few less strenuous movements to consider:
- Walking15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, whatever works for you and your body. Gradually build if you need to.
YogaThe great thing about this practice is that intensities range, so one day you may opt in for a little Restorative Yoga, while other days you may want a more challenging session, such as Ashtanga or Power Yoga (be prepared to sweat).
StretchingA must in my book. It increases your blood flow, improves performance, aids in flexibility, all while getting your body moving.
Now this is my groove! Throw on your favorite songs to jump around to, and break it down on the dance floor (or your kitchen – that works too). If I find myself sedentary for a long period of time, I always make time for a quick dance session (and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my stories to know that much). Instant mood/energy booster.
BikingAn aerobic exercise where you customize your resistance. Take a breezy stroll around the neighborhood or push it with some trail riding. Biking is where I noticed improvement in my strength and ability to exercise, and I haven’t looked back since.
The key intention is this: MOVE your body. We’re not built to be stationary! Any movement is a winner. It’s a mood booster, gets the blood flowing, relieves stress, and of course helps build/tone. Even a few minutes a day works – it’s the simple idea of carving out time for yourself. Let’s all give our bodies a little TLC, we owe it that much!