It’s Monday night. Are you plopped down in front of the sofa, watching “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS)? The operative word here is plopped, and you have an excellent opportunity to get in some exercise after dinner. But if you are plopped down on the sofa, all you are doing is letting fat go into storage.
People are busy these days, even retirees. Fitting in exercise for many is just not on their “to do” list, and it needs to be. In fact, daily exercise needs to be a routine as important as brushing your teeth. And you would not go a day without brushing your teeth, would you?
So, let’s get into the mood—the exercise mood, that is. For two hours, DWTS will run through dances with each of the couples. Each dance lasts only one minute. After you have watched the short clip of the couple’s practice session, then you stand up and you MOVE. Move around the room. Mimic the moves of one of the partners (the woman or the man). Stretch when they stretch, twirl when they twirl, bend when they bend, hop/skip/jump when they do that, stretch your neck, etc. Just MOVE. It only lasts for one minute. Certainly, you can move for one minute, can’t you?
If you are confined to a chair, then move your upper body as much as you can, along with your arms, shoulders, and head. Do what you can physically do. Remember, it is just for one minute. While there are only so many couples, you will not be getting in a solid half hour of physical exercise. You can supplement that with a walk, some isometric work, bending, lifting weights, etc.—anything to get yourself moving.
There are truly no excuses for not exercising. I will repeat that: THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING. Still don’t get it? Read that again: THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING.
These short one-minute movement exercises will increase your energy. They will help with digestion. You will probably also get a good night’s sleep—it takes that little exercise to improve your quality of life. Tomorrow night, then, you can do it again, when they announce who gets booted off. Now GET UP FROM THE SOFA and MOVE!
P.S. If you are constantly complaining that you are tired, well, barring any medical condition, it is because you are lazy. Yes–a lack of exercise will cause you to be tired. You need energy, and what better way to get it than by eating a healthy diet and exercising. That is the only tried-and-true way to lose weight and keep it off and stay healthy.