Ahh routine. It’s such a comforting word when you haven’t had a routine for a while. But, why does it never sound as good in terms of a workout routine? You know, those moments when you hear those words together and really need to motivate yourself about even thinking of going to go to the gym, and then again the next day, and the next time – because, well, it’s your routine. Thinking of your workouts as a to do a task is always a good way to make yourself less motivated, and in turn, more likely to skip workouts. But, it really doesn’t have to be a big task taking 1 or 2 hours of your day. Instead, it is much easier to get over that unmotivated phase if you just think of it in terms of “after this 10 or 20 minute workout, I will feel so much better and my whole day would have changed.” And the best part about it is that you can do that 10 or 20 minutes anywhere.
You know the expression, eat the frog for breakfast? Well, that can really help you to stay in shape. Waking up and doing 10 minutes of working out, such as jump squats, lunges, crunches, push-ups, etc. is a total natural coffee. Not only does it set a tone for the whole day, you actually burn more calories when you’re just sitting at your desk or running around doing errands. Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumptions (EPOC) is the reasoning behind this. You are burning calories 24 hours after working out, so the food that you eat replenishes your body and uses if for energy, instead of being stored as fat. Your metabolism is more likely to do this if you’re doing frequent workouts instead of hitting the gym even two or three times a week. Some people really aren’t morning people. That’s okay. We completely understand. Luckily, the same effect happens no matter what time you work out, but is amplified in the morning before you consume any food.
A major benefit of frequently working out, in small doses is that it gets easier the more you do it. You know that you have to do it every day, so it’s more likely to get done. Getting up from your desk and doing 30 jump squats won’t feel like working out, especially day after day of doing them. Although you might get some strange looks at an office job. It’s better to do short 10-15 minutes of moving, rather bulking up your workouts because then you can really concentrate on them and push yourself since you know in 5 minutes you will be able to relax again. Also, you know what to expect and you won’t get the feeling of regret at the gym, knowing you shouldn’t have skipped a week of workouts.
Not only are you more likely to do at least seven 15-20 minute workouts a week, rather than hitting the gym for a session twice, on a busy week, without including travel time, you will also enjoy your time you are moving more than at the gym. This can be explained by the whole concept of routine again. You know when you’re at the gym, and you’re feeling the burn, and you just think that you have to do this again in two days, after your weekend plans, and it just makes the burn hurt a little bit more? Well, say goodbye to that feeling. It’s a way of tricking our minds that we really aren’t doing that much every day, but day after day we do a lot more. It does not seem as daunting to do some quick bodyweight workouts, rather than hitting the machines at the gym for 45 minutes. Plus, the beauty of this workout routine is that you can always be changing up your workouts, and at what time of day that you do them. This way, you also get to expand your knowledge of different workouts, and of course- work different parts of your body. Maybe come light cardio in the morning, and some yoga to relax you at night is the best fit for you, that you didn’t even know about. This consistency of working on something every day is that you get better and better at the things you do more often, or the areas that you concentrate on. Hello, the oblique definition that wasn’t there last month! Or maybe you can now plant your hands on the ground doing forward fold.
Moving every day removes working out on your “to-do” list and turns it into a lifestyle. It is much more rewarding when you know that you can skip the smelly gym, for a 3-hour hike instead. A few months into this lifestyle you’ll be the one doing some yoga or a couple sit-ups or jumping jacks after that 3 hour hike. The beauty of sweating every day, is that your body craves it the more you do it. Have you ever gotten an insane about of energy when you haven’t moved in a day? Or do you find that you’re cheating a bit on your meals while being lazy on the couch or your bed on your “rest” days between gym sessions? Treating your body right means not neglecting it on some days, and doing well for it on others. Every day is the right day to get up, get out there, and get moving!