It’s that time of year again when so many Americans set health and wellness goals. Some goals include losing weight or exercising more or simply eating healthier. However, these goals typically require a change in our behavior, which is the hard. This is often why so many become discouraged and lose sight of their goals before they begin to change.
Change takes time…
Don’t give up yet!!
Begin again today.
Begin again by doing one “random acts of fitness.” What does this mean? These are purposeful acts of physical activity that we squeeze randomly into our busy days. No gym needed!
Here are a few ideas that people have shared which I call…random acts of fitness:
- Do squats while unloading the dishwasher…dish by dish! You will get a small strength workout for your legs at the same time you are loading the dishwasher.
- Boycott the elevators…and walk! Its the little things that make the biggest difference!
- Use the treadmill at random times. Every minute adds up…5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, all count!
- March in place while waiting for microwave.
- Rotate your ankles while at computer.Feel the stretch in your lower calves..ahh!
- Lean against the wall on your tiptoes, then push your hips toward wall and squeeze buttocks tight. Firm that fanny!
Whether you’re doing a random act of kindness or a random act of fitness…it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference in our lives! Begin again today!
Author: Shari L. Gallup, M.S., Extension Educator specializing in Health and Wellness, Ohio State University Extension.