To the ladies who enjoy going on runs, and hitting up the gym: I deeply respect you. For those of you who don’t have time to dedicate to exercise, or just simply would rather lay in bed watching a good Rom-Com, this post is for you.
I’ve recently become more aware that I need to squeeze in more exercise to my daily routine. After doing my Pinterest homework (and not my actual homework), I put together this small list of super simple ways to be intentional with caring for our bodies throughout the day.
For my fellow short ladies, you know this move quite well. Get on your tip toes, bring it back down, and repeat. This not only strengthens your calves but works the ankles as well.
When: Brushing your teeth, making dinner, or even while waiting in line at the store!
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You know that walk you do when you just got your toes done? Yeah, do that. This simple routine strengthens the muscles in your ankle and your foot.
When: You can do it with or without shoes at any point in the day that you are up and walking!
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Work those abs! Keep your arms in place, no cheating. Bring your knees towards your chest and meet it with your opposite elbow. Switch sides and continue that pattern.
When: Commercial breaks in your favorite show, or even during!
Your core will thank you later. You can plank with your palms face down or up, hands in fists, or even with your elbows off the mat and all the weight directly on your hands. If this too difficult you can modify it by resting on your knees, rather than your toes.
When: Who needs a comfy chair to read a book when you can plank?
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Other easy ways to get moving:
Take the stairs! This is just about the easiest way EVER to put your body to work and still be productive with your day.
If your grocery store is only a block away, walk and use your bags as weights on your way home.
Get your cardio in by doing jumping jacks during your TV commercial breaks.
x According to POPSUGAR, studies show that a 150lb woman can burn 90 calories after 10 minutes of jumping jacks.
Grab some weights and get your flex on while waiting for dinner to finish cooking.
I want to remind you the importance of staying hydrated. Even when you are not working out, your body needs water to function properly.
Disclaimer: Crowned with Love encourages exercise, not as a way of promoting a certain image. Exercising is a great way to release stress and reduce fatigue, resulting in a happy and healthy body and mind!
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8