1. BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES
Body weight exercises are great because you can do them in your living room, hotel room or in the garden with your kids. Try jumping-jacks, mountain-climbers and burpees and do as many in a row as possible. Start with shorter workouts of 5-15 minutes to keep you motivated and decide on 2-3 days a week to start off. That’s a maximum of 45 minutes of exercise in one week, totally doable right? You can combine cardio with strength-training, it’s free and there are endless variations to keep you from getting bored. Out of excuses yet?
2. USE YOUR BODY AS TRANSPORTATION
Always take the stairs, (run up the stairs if you’re feeling energetic!), go for a walk during lunch, get off the bus early and run the last bit and take your bike to get your weekly shopping. All the small things you do to get more cardio into your everyday life make a big difference to your overall health. For example, climbing eight flights of stairs a day lowers early mortality risk by 33%!
Have a solo dance-party in the kitchen, play football with your kids, race with your dog or hike with your friends to get your heart-rate up. This kind of exercise doesn’t feel like exercise but still burns fat and improves stamina, recovery and immune function. If you’re enjoying yourself, you’re more likely to stick to your new habit so get creative and active in a way that you enjoy! Playing and having fun while exercising releases serotonin, helps you sleep better and boosts your mood and energy.