How to Exercise When You Are Lazy to Improve Your Health
I am incredibly lazy by nature, although I do force myself to be productive at times and exercise to improve my health. The key is to negotiate with yourself. If you do not feel like doing a half hour run or a CrossFit section that is brutal and makes you feel like you are extremely tired afterwards, then do something that you are willing to do. That is something that I learned from Jordan Peterson. Ask yourself: “what am I willing to do?”
Find Workouts You Enjoy
Now, I have been experimenting with dieting and working out
since I was about 10 years old, so I know what kinds of workouts I enjoy and
which ones I don’t, and I don’t do the ones that I don’t enjoy. I know enough
to know that you can get the same health benefits that you would get from
running that you get from, for example, cycling or dancing.
For any exercise, there is an alternative option that offers
you the same health benefits. The thing is, if you are lazy and it’s hard for
you to get off the couch, then ask yourself: “what am I willing to do to
improve my health?”
Start Slowly, and Build Your Way Up for Health
Maybe just start by stretching while you are sitting on the
couch. Get some hand weights, and while you are sitting on the couch watching
your favourite series, you could do some shoulder presses and bicep curls.
Then, you could progress to getting up and doing 10 squats
every time you get up from the couch to go to the fridge, or every time you’re
in the bathroom, you can do 10 squats or 10 lunges. It doesn’t have to be a
lot. You can start small to be healthy.
One thing that my husband taught me, who studied fitness, is
that you can get a lot of health benefits from exercise by only doing a few
reps of one exercise about five to ten times, spread throughout the day. So, in
the morning when you wake up, you could do a set of push-ups, and then an hour
later, do one more. And, if you rest at least five minutes in between, it will
help with healthy recovery.
And, for me, who’s been out of the exercise routine recently
because I couldn’t exercise for a while due to ill health, getting started
again is quite daunting and difficult, but if you follow this strategy, it’s
I can do whatever I’m willing to do in a day. If I don’t
feel like doing strength exercises and I just want to go and walk around the
block while listening to a podcast or an audiobook, that is what I do.
If all I want to do for that day is put on some music and
dance for three songs in a row, which makes it a 10-minute workout, then that’s
ok. One thing that I have realised is that cleaning the house is also a great
form of exercise, which is something that my Fitbit taught me.
Workout Without Noticing to Become Healthier
If you clean your house, which is something that you might have to do anyway, then you’ll see that you actually end up burning quite a few calories. So, if you don’t feel like working out, but you cleaned your house, then you don’t have to feel bad about yourself because you worked out and did do something to improve your health.
There have been times where I burned more calories cleaning
my house than I did at the gym, which is wonderful. So, that’s an option. One
thing that I like to do is play a podcast or an audiobook about health in the
background while I’m cleaning the house, because it makes time go by faster,
and cleaning doesn’t suck as much.
Plus, I am happy that I’m getting the health benefits of
just moving my body. One thing that has also helped me burn more calories than
a gym session is shopping. I love going to a mall on a day where I want to
exercise for my health, but I don’t feel like doing a workout. I can go
shopping and walk around in the mall for two hours and burn quite a few
calories while improving my health.
Have you ever noticed that shopping can be incredibly
tiring? There are few things that make me as exhausted as a day of shopping. So,
once a week, maybe once every two weeks, you can treat yourself to a shopping
trip instead of working out. Carrying heavy bags also helps you burn more
calories and work out harder.
What I like to do is get a decaf coffee and then walk
around. It’s nice if you’re shopping with a friend, because then you add a
social element to it, but I also like listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
Stretch Yourself Healthy
If you’re also too lazy to exercise one day, then why not just stretch? Stretching is incredibly good for your body. We can store a lot of stress in muscles, and stretching them out can help you feel more relaxed overall and live longer. Mobility is one of the biggest indicators of healthy ageing and longevity. If you are mobile and you are still flexible when you’re older, if you fall, you will be able to save yourself from becoming too hurt.
You’ll be able to stop yourself from failing a lot easier and recover better. Your movement will be a lot easier. You might not have to rely on a cane or struggle to walk. So, flexibility is definitely something that you should consider working on throughout your life. It might make you feel a lot better now and actually help you with whatever fitness goals you are trying to achieve. Now, being flexible can help you perform better in sports like obstacle course racing, dancing, rock climbing, etc.
Become Healthier in Front of the TV
I like to put my yoga mat in front of the TV and stretch
while enjoying my favourite shows, as I almost forget that I’m being active. What
I’ve also done in the past is put on an episode of the Big Bang Theory, as they
are about 20 minutes an episode, and then I just work out for that 20 minutes.
You can choose whatever series you want, and if you exercise
in front of the TV, it helps reduce the suffering quite a lot. I keep some
dumbbells and elastic bands by my TV cabinets, so that whenever I’m watching
TV, I can put my yoga mat in front of the TV and do some exercises.
I have fun with it and end up spending 70% of the time on my
back doing exercises in that way. Luckily, there are a lot of exercises that
you can do on your back, whether they are yoga poses, stretches, or dumbbell
exercises. You can do core exercises as well. Negotiate with yourself.
If you just want to lie on your yoga mat and do a few exercises without pushing yourself too hard, at least you did something. Exercise is only 20% of the equation when it comes to health, so you don’t have to stress too much if you are not working out hard five to six times a week.
Find Other Healthy Motivation Sources
Exercise is more important for your general health and for
longevity, for feeling good, and for your mental health. That’s the main reason
why I exercise, to be honest. So, when it comes to exercise, have fun with it. If
you find a workout that you like doing, it will also be a lot easier for you to
start exercising and stick to it.
Whether it’s boxing, rock climbing, any type of dancing, or even
playing golf (because you tend to walk around a lot), find something that you
enjoy and that will help you be more active.