The age-old question: How can I become in shape quickly? We present to you… the lazy girl’s fitness handbook.
Because exercising sounds wonderful in theory, but really having to do it is a different thing. You can’t be bothered most of the time if you’re lazy. And there’s always an explanation. You can’t run outside because it’s either too cold, too hot, or too windy, or you can’t afford a gym membership. That very much covers all four seasons.
When you’re just beginning out on your fitness journey, your stamina isn’t always at its peak. It takes time to get there. So here’s how to get in shape without feeling like it’s the most terrible thing in the world.
Stick to 10s
Every day, try to complete 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups, even if they aren’t consecutive. Because something is better than nothing, and after a while, if you find the sets of ten too simple, you can gradually increase the difficulty.
Stand Up At Least Every Hour
We’ve all heard how sitting all day is bad for you, how being bent over a keyboard is bad for you, and how we don’t even go out for lunch because we’re too busy. But enough already! Prepare an effort to get up at least once each hour to use the restroom, make a cup of tea, or simply greet a coworker. Even better, if you get an Apple Watch, it will notify you every time it reaches ten to the hour if it hasn’t detected you standing up at all.
Walk For At Least 20 Minutes A Day
Whether it’s the dead of winter or not, there’s no excuse not to take public transportation everywhere. Use the legs you’ve been given and get exercising; even 20 minutes a day will help your health. It’s simple to include into your everyday routine and won’t leave you panting for air. Join the movement initiated by the charity Living Streets to #Try20 by walking for 20 minutes every day for a month to see how much of a difference it makes to both health and happiness. This is, in fact, the ideal reason to have a dog.
Don’t Even Leave The House
You read it correctly; you don’t even need to leave your house, or even your couch, to get a good exercise done. There are numerous accessible exercises and home workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own house without having to travel to the gym. Do some tricep dips, lunges, and ab exercises from the comfort of your own home.
Download the Tabata timer app if you just have five minutes to work out. Guiding you for 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off makes for an excellent high-intensity workout that is beneficial for both fitness and weight loss. Run for 20 seconds, then walk for 10, or skip for 20 seconds, then lie down for 10. You can do burpees, mountain climbers, or even the plank (if you’re daring enough). Tabata training will rapidly increase your metabolism and heart rate, and you should notice results in no time.
It’s not just about exercising; our daily lives have a significant impact on our health and happiness. Getting enough sleep is essential for fitness, and the 4628482 devices you own that distract you on a regular basis aren’t helping. So, turn off all of your gadgets at least an hour before going to bed, and you should notice a difference in your sleep quality.
Don’t Worry About How Long Your Work Out Lasts
The length of your workout has no bearing on its quality, which is, simply, music to our ears. Any exercise is beneficial, and the most essential thing to remember when getting started is to just get moving. If you know what we mean, don’t try to climb a mountain before you can even walk. It makes no difference if you did not complete the entire hour or if you were unable to run for as long as you desired (ahem, only managed to run round the block once). The fact is that you are doing something, and that is what matters.
Run For Just One Song
Instead of being overly ambitious and then feeling terrible when it doesn’t all come together, convince yourself that you just need to run the length of one song. If you make it good, you won’t even realize when the 3.5 minutes are up. Simply downloading Ariana Grande’s record will have you volunteering for the marathon in no time.