Even though you no longer have to report to gym class, PE should still be on your schedule. Practical Exercise, that is!
Regular physical activity keeps you looking and feeling great. So why isn’t fitness part our daily routine?
The excuse I hear (and use!) most often is I don’t exercise more because I’m too busy.
Chica, I feel you. I have weeks where I hardly have 1 minute to read an email, let alone 90 minutes for a power yoga class!
Don’t sweat it (or rather do).
Daily workouts don’t require hours at the gym. Make small, practical changes to increase your activity level each day.
2 Ways to Keep PE on Your Schedule
1. Integrate movement into existing routines whenever possible.
Small changes add up. Take the stairs, get off the bus a few stops early, park further from your destination, walk around while you talk on the phone, or substitute a coffee break with a walk around the block.
Ready to take it to the next level? Make your commute a workout by biking, walking, or running to work.
I swear by jogging to el trabajo. Not only do I exercise, I arrive energized and stress-free (a perk for my students and coworkers). Running even saves me time: a 45 minute commute on public transportation is a 20 minute jog. That means more time for me!
Sound too good to be true? It might be easier than you think. Some employers now provide showers to encourage healthy habits. If your office building isn’t there yet, consider running or biking back home.
2. Commit to a fitness goal you can accomplish anywhere, anytime.
Mine this month? 5 squats, lunges, push-ups and sit-ups each day. These gym class fundamentals are ideal strength training options that can be done anywhere–your living room or your cubicle.
A goal of only 5 repetitions may seem easy but I assure you it isn’t. The challenge is sticking to it. A small number of repetitions keeps me from talking myself out of it!
PE Recap: Making your exercise practical makes it easy to stay active. When your routine keeps you moving and you commit to fitness each day, not even the excuse of a busy schedule can get in your way.
A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
How will you incorporate practical exercise into your routine this week?