I get this question a lot and I wish there was a blanket answer but there just isn’t.
Almost always the answer starts with “it depends….” And then I list some factors to consider.
Because at the end of the day how much you exercise and how your body handles the training you put it through is very individual.
One thing I *do* believe in is daily movement. Now movement is not always a workout. It can be some light recovery work, a brisk walk, riding your bike or taking your rollerblades for a spin.
Or perhaps it is an actual workout but not a crushing one. On an intensity scale of 1-10 perhaps it’s a 5 or 6.
The idea is to just move! We were not created to be sedentary creatures. Our bodies are MADE to move.
Lately I’ve been speaking about how we want this fitness lifestyle to become a habit. Meaning it’s something you don’t even have to think about or decide to do, much like brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
If you reflect on the habits you have that take zero brain power what do they all have in common? You do them DAILY.
What we do daily becomes ingrained in us. It becomes weird when we *don’t* do them.
So, I have a challenge for you:
For the next 21-days decide each and EVERY day to move on purpose. When you wake up or before you go to bed, determine when you will get in your movement session for the day ahead and stick to it. Be determined not to miss it.
You may have to adjust what you planned on doing but make sure that you set aside the time to do something for at least 10 minutes.
One thing you will notice if you take up this habit of purposefully moving each day is that it becomes easier to move everyday, including for your scheduled workouts.
Your body will begin to crave movement and it will be harder for you to miss a chance to move.
Over the course of time if you continue this habit of daily movement you’ll start to reap the rewards of consistent training with more fat/weight loss, more definition, greater strength, increased endurance and improved flexibility.
You’ll also experience less internal resistance when it comes to being consistent and showing up for your workouts.
Are you up for the challenge?
I’d love to hear how you plan to #justmove for 21-days!