7 Ways to Move Your Body at Home
You have a body. I have a body. Can we just start there? We all know we should be exercising, but whether we do it or not is another thing. Why don't we? We do maintenance on our vehicles, our homes, and other things we really care about. We have been given a body, it's up to us to take care of it. Why we don't take care of it is different for each one of us. I think that if you want to start exercising you have to really understand why you aren't doing it.
When you think about working out, how do you feel? Why do you feel that way? What can you do to change how you feel about it? It doesn't have to be anything drastic or dramatic. Get your mind ready, and then I have 7 activities here for you that only require you and your body.
Are you ready? Let's go!
1. MARCH IN PLACE
For the first 60 seconds, march in place. Be sure to have good posture + remember to breath. If you don't feel like timing yourself then count 30-60 steps. Choose a pace that is supportive to you, but have the intention to raise your heartbeat by the end of the 7 minutes.
2. JUMPING JACKS
Next, do jumping jacks for 60 seconds. I love jumping jacks. The next time you are crabby make yourself do them. Guaranteed to cheer you up.
3. SQUAT SIDE TO SIDE
Squat (picture sitting onto a chair) with your feet apart, and when you stand upright agin, move your feet together. Squat again, and this time when you stand up, move your opposite foot out to that side. Squat again (feet apart), and when you raise bring your feet together again. Moving side to side, squat for 60 seconds.
4. HIGH KNEES
Back to something easy! Let's take your marching up a notch. Lift those knees, keep your posture, and go for a minute.
A lunge is like taking giant steps and sinking a bit. Step forward with your right foot, keeping your feet shoulder width apart. The heel of your left foot will come off the floor when you do this. Now sink. Be sure to keep your right knee back from your toes. If you held up a ruler, your toes would be in front of your knee. Instead of going forward, go downward. Lunge your 60 seconds!
6. BIG CIRCLES
Again, back to something easy. Swing your arms around in big circles for 30 seconds. Now do your hips for 30 seconds. I like to do half one way and half the opposite way.
7. BACK BICYCLE
Lie on the floor and get ready for your last minute. With your legs in the air, pedal your imaginary bicycle for 60 seconds. When you are done, roll over to your side to get up. Or, just lie there. Relax. Congratulate yourself for moving your body.
This is a great 7 minute warm-up for a bigger workout. If you're not in the habit of working out, this is a wonderful way to begin moving your body. You have a body, move it.