What defines exercise?
When you think of exercise, what words come to mind? Weight loss? Calories? Muscle?
Here are some questions to ask yourself to understand how you perceive exercise:
Do I see it as a chore or a form of self-care? Do I workout for physical results and burning calories or do I workout to improve my mood and get my blood pumping? Are there days when I workout and push myself past my limit or do I intuitively listen to what my body’s wants and needs?
In today’s world, social media has completely transformed our definition of “fitness”. We associate being “healthy” or “fit” with the aesthetics of having a nice body or looking good in certain clothes. Exercise, at its core, is movement. Once we start exercising for the holistic payoffs rather than just the physical, it becomes more natural, sustainable, and gratifying.
Exercise should be an extension of who YOU are and it should be enjoyable.
How much exercise should I be doing?
Dr. Oz recommends working out for at least 30 minutes a day. If you’re absolutely too busy to block out 30 minutes, he suggests breaking that 30 minutes into two 15 minute sessions instead. It is better to do a short workout every single day than doing long, hard workouts 2-3 times a week. Implementing small changes and staying consistent are the keys to seeing results.
Ways to exercise during quarantine
The simplest way to get your body moving, especially during quarantine since we’re finding ourselves cooped up inside the house all day, is to go for a walk. Try to make it a point to go for a walk every single day, even if it is only for 30 minutes. Our favorite time to go for a walk is in the morning right after waking up when fewer people are outside. Not only will you get some fresh air and vitamin D which are both great for your immune system, but you will get your blood pumping while in the fasted state before eating your first meal and we can guarantee your mood will improve as well. If you feel like you want to add even more movement, there are many free workouts on YouTube that you can do in the comfort of your home such as Pilates, yoga, bodyweight strength training workouts, and more!
Some of our favorite FREE online at-home workouts:
- Body weight strength training:
- weighted strength training