I have a bad habit of being lazy AF. I don’t really want to do much of anything, and when I do want to do something I want to do all of it at once (thank you anxiety and depression!) But this last few months has taught me a few things about being lazy and still wanting to be fit, healthy and lose weight. So, I wanted to share my 5 lazy exercises with you that have helped me to boost my mood daily!
- Walking. Seriously. That’s it, briskly walking. I have been using the stopwatch on my phone to time myself every day I go for a walk up my street. So far, I have walked an hour almost every day and I feel great afterward! So here are a few reasons walking is great for you, a) it is low impact, even at your heaviest you can walk somewhere. B) It is low cost. You don’t need a membership to walk anywhere, you don’t need a tracker you don’t need anything. I use my stopwatch because when I first started I was doing 30 minutes a day, so I would set my timer to 15 minutes and when it went off I would stop for a water break then turn around. Now I use my stop watch to see how long it takes me to walk 2 miles. And I am down to 24 minutes to walk 2 miles!
- Planking. Dead serious. It hurts, but it’s literally the best kind of hurt. So you know when you gain all this weight in your midsection all of a sudden you have no core strength. Well, just engage your core. This one is also free!!! I use my stopwatch here also, to time my plank lengths. When I get to a point where I can hold it for a minute, then I will use the timer to do timed trials. Even 15 seconds each time is doing something!
- Stretching. Remember middle school P.E.? The butterfly stretch? And the others I don’t know the names of? Well, those stretches are really good for you especially after walking! I have been using some modified yoga, but you don’t need to. All you need to do is sit on your butt, and butterfly stretch, or reach for your toes. That’s it. Simple right?
- Squats. You heard me right. Squats. They can be done anywhere. Every time you go to the bathroom, squat 5 times before sitting on the toilet. And if you leak, hey! At least you’re close to the toilet! Seriously though, Squats are an excellent and easy way to get some light cardio and stretching in.
- Jumping Jacks. Now this one may be a little more impact than you are used to. I found that a quick set of 15 jumping jacks gets my heart rate up just enough to feel like I’m doing something. And just think, after a week of doing 15, you can probably increase the number to 25. Then what? Idk, I am only at 25. Haha.
The point is, doing something, even if something little/small/low impact/lazy is better than doing nothing at all. You will not see results immediately, although you will feel better about yourself and your goals rapidly. I encourage you to try at least 3 of these things daily. Just try it for 1 week and if it doesn’t make you want to do all 5 every day then you, my friend are lazier than me. Lol Have a beautiful day, and keep up the good work!