Exercise is an integral part of reaching any health goal – and it can be as easy and simple as you’d like! Consistency is what matters most. Moving your body for less than a minute every day builds the healthy habit of exercise, and you don’t even need to leave your house to do it. Below are 5 easy ways to get started on your journey to wellness. Choose a new one each day to mix things up and have fun while getting active!
- Stand Up
That’s right! Simply stand up and sit back down to get your blood flowing. This can be done while watching TV or at your desk during the workday.
Challenge yourself! Once you’re standing, shake out your arms and legs to wake your body up a little.
2. Reach & Breathe
Start with your hands by your sides, and slowly inhale as you reach your hands and fingertips out wide like a bird’s wings. Circle them up over your head to give yourself a quick high five – you are doing great! On your next exhale, slowly lower your arms back down by your sides.
Challenge yourself! Keep going for 5 breaths.
3. Tuck & Twist
Tuck your elbows by your side with your hands clenched into fists. Tighten your core by pulling your belly button toward your spine and slowly twist to the left. Turn your body back toward center, and then twist slowly to the right. Return to center.
Challenge yourself! Twist each direction 3 times, breathing out while you twist and breathing in when you return to center.
4. Arm Lifts
Begin with your arms straight by your side, then reach your arms straight out in front of you so your hands are the same height as your shoulders. Slowly lower your arms back down by your sides.
Challenge yourself! Hold your arms out in front of you for a count of 10 before lowering them down.
5. Knee Taps
While standing, slowly lift one knee upward and tap it with your hand, and then step your foot back to the floor. Switch to the other leg.
Challenge yourself! Complete 5 rounds on each side.
Extra bonus points: Use the opposite side hand to tap your knees.
Try them out and let us know your favorite move in the comments below! Or, share another way you like to get your body moving.