The Shocking Truth About Exercise

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You get home from work, tired. You know you need to exercise, but as you look around your house you see dishes that need to be done, dinner that needs to be cooked and a million other things that just seem a whole lot more important.

The next day you take your gym clothes with you to work, determined to head straight there when you’re done. But then something comes up and you never end up going.

Sound familiar?

Day after day you tell yourself you’re going to exercise and then it never happens.

But as a creative person, you need exercise.

Exercise relieves stress, sets off mood-boosting endorphins in your body and helps you feel more focused. All things you definitely need for your creative practice.

The Real Problem

What do you consider to be “exercise?” Running on the treadmill? Lifting weights? Going to the gym?

How about taking a walk, grocery shopping or cleaning your house? Do those count as “exercise?”

The real problem isn’t that you don’t have time for exercise, it’s that your idea of what counts as exercise is too limited.

Movement. That’s what you need to focus on.

Shift Your Mindset

The definition of exercise is “an activity that requires physical effort.”

Whoa.

Using that definition, a lot more things you already do on a daily basis count as exercise.

Adding Movement To Your Day

Getting into an exercise routine is great for building stamina and long-term health, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still move even on days when you don’t have time for more traditional forms of exercise.

Although these activities alone probably won’t help you shed a ton of weight, they will help you add movement to your day. That’s that important thing.

Because when you’re already moving, it makes it much easier to keep on moving. And then it’s easier to add more movement into your day bit-by-bit until you’re moving enough to get to a weight you’re happy and comfortable with.

Some activities that totally count as exercise include:

  • Grocery shopping—trekking around a store while pushing a heavy cart full of food? Yup, that sounds like an activity that requires physical effort. Same goes for…
  • Cleaning
  • Running around with your kids/grand kids
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Walking

And it doesn’t stop there.

You can add movement to your day by being just a little bit creative and finding ways to add movement into regular things you do.

For example, turn on some music and dance in your living room for 10 minutes. Dancing takes barely any time at all, but it adds movement.

Or do 10 jumping jacks right after you get out of bed. That’s quick movement that will actually give your morning an energy boost.

Next time you’re waiting for dinner to be ready, grab the back of a chair and do some calf raises or use the seat of the chair for arm dips.

There are a million ways to add movement into your day. It just requires you to get a little creative.

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