The majority of us have a love-hate relationship with exercise. It’s something that helps our mind and body, but it’s also something that’s sometimes really, really hard to fit into your schedule when you have work and a personal life. Well, Bethenny Frankel, author of Skinnygirl Solutions, shares her 4 Exercising Tips For When You’re Constantly On the Go.
#1. You don’t have to exercise every day.
In fact, don’t. As soon as you tell yourself you have to do this, you will start obsessing. Knowing exercise doesn’t have to be a daily thing is a huge relief to people. I don’t exercise every day, and although I could be fitter, I’m still pretty fit and I finally have a healthy relationship with exercise because I never force it on myself.
#2. Exercise when you get the opportunity.
There are so many opportunities in life to get out and move in a fun way. Take your kid for a walk. Take a break from your desk and do some jumping jacks. Walk to lunch. Walk to work. Take the stairs. If I’m on vacation at a beach, I will walk for an hour on that beach every day because I love doing that. But if I’m in New York and I’m in meetings or with Bryn all day, my formal workouts might be down to two or three days a week. Just be alert for it. Do tricep exercises on the coffee table when you watch TV. Do a yoga pose to unwind after a stressful phone call. Get down on the floor and stretch or do a few push-ups if you think of it.
#3. Stretching counts.
Sometimes, the thought of an actual workout is just too much, but if you get up and stretch your muscles and do some light yoga poses that feel good, that’s better than doing nothing. It might make you feel so much better that you want to do more tomorrow. The more you start to relax and feel good, the more you’ll be ready to move and explore and enjoy yourself.
#4. Exercise changes with your life stage.
Before I was pregnant and a mother, I exercised probably three to four days a week. I liked yoga in particular. When I was pregnant, I couldn’t do as much. I did a yoga video maybe twice a week and walked around the city. When I was on bed rest for two weeks, I couldn’t exercise at all. After I first had Bryn, I mainly focused on eating well. Maybe twice a week I’d get on the elliptical trainer, but it took me some time to feel ready to exercise again. Now I get it in two to three days a week maximum, on average, with occasional spurts of more. Your exercise needs and abilities and opportunities will evolve throughout your life, so just go with it. If you’re in your early twenties, get exercise ingrained into your muscles so you can come back to it. If you’ve got PMS, exercise more if it helps, or less if you just don’t want to move. Pregnancy, new motherhood, even menopause—they all affect how exercise will fit into your life, and that’s natural.
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