“can’t stop — won’t stop — get it, get!!”
We really never stop. You might be working, training for a marathon, or even earning your degree online to become a pediatric nurse practitioner degree. It’s no secret that the daily hustle can cause stress — and a lot of it. However, (although a gimme), exercise, is one of the best ways to reduce stress, stay healthy, and get a good night’s sleep. Dedicating a solid thirty minutes to workout, a few times a week is all you need. Here’s a quick list of 30 minute workouts — some you don’t even need to leave your house to get done!
running. *I hear an echo…* I just got done sharing that I want to add this back into my routine for 2017, and this is exactly why! Running is a great way to burn calories and increase your fitness level & endurance. We all know it’s a full body workout — legs to move you, arms to propel you, core to keep your body straight and moving. Since you are dedication 30 minutes…run for time! Do some speed training or even add some lunges in between to spice it up.
swimming. I was a fish as a kid — swimming really is an all over body exercise. Swimming is also an easy way for those new to working out to jump in, or anyone with an injuries; the water helps to take pressure off the joints, without reducing the effectiveness of the exercise.
intervals. If you are short on time, interval training is a proven way to get the most out of your workout. Whether it’s running with sprint intervals *echo*, weights, or high impact training, repeating exercises in a circuit for short periods of time each can be really beneficial.
pilates. Pilates has so many benefits and can even be done at home using online videos, with just a yoga mat! The exercise uses your own body as resistance; it’s basically weight training, without the need for weights, and is a great way to quickly build strength and tone muscles.
yoga. Such a good exercise — for everyone! Gentle stretches and movements that can help tone you up and leave your body feeling supple and relaxed. Yoga is another great workout to do at home, but consider going to a class a few times to check you are doing the poses right or they might not be as effective.
Even if you don’t have a full 30 minutes — get out there and do something! (I *might* be pointing that in my direction…) The workout doesn’t have to be high intensity to work — even a brisk walk can do you good.
But in closing, do what works for you. You may be knee deep in work, or studying online for your pediatric nurse practitioner degree — you’re not alone — life happens! But you may consider investing in a Fitbit or something similar, to remind you to get up and move it – move it, while monitoring your activities.