This is an excerpt from my ebook, Simple Is The Cure.
What if you could get more energy, tone your muscles, lose a weight, and feel great with as little as 12 minutes of physical activity a day?
It sounds too good to be true. But it’s actually how our ancestors thrived.
Humans respond best to short bursts of high intensity movement and repetitive strength training using only body weight. Here are two examples of that in nature:
- Chasing the rabbit
- Squatting to pick up your food from the ground
I’m not against using weights or exercise equipment. This post is geared towards people out there who want become active and develop a love for physical activity but who are currently not moving their bodies.
Yes, what I’m saying is a little controversial and may piss you off if you’re super into fitness. My goal is to remove as many obstacles as possible for you if you’re putting off working out.
My philosophy is keep it simple. You can have the results you want if you move your body vigorously everyday for at least 12 minutes a day.
DO YOU HAVE 12 MINUTES A DAY?
I think the #1 thing that holds us back from living more physically active lives is the notion that “working out” takes place in a gym, with fancy workout gear, and with 45-60 minutes invested.
The good news is that you need none of that to be lean, fit, and calm.
All you need is 12 – 16 minutes of vigorous activity. Hallelujah!
Let’s be honest, most of us struggle to find anytime for movement. We now sit more than we sleep. So I’m not asking you to embrace Crossfit or P90X. I want you to be active more than 12-16 minutes a day, but if you’re not doing anything right now because you’re afraid you’re not good enough or that you don’t have enough time, then this is the best news you’ve heard.
TYPES OF MOVEMENT
As my mom used to say, any movement is good movement. I don’t care what you do, I care that you do it. The leading cause of death for women is heart disease. Moving your body fortifies the heart.
Women lose bone density as they age. You build bone strength by working out.
- Jumping jacks
- Jumping rope
- Power walking
- Squats & Lunges
- Pick one style of movement
- Pick the number of days you want to move
- Pick the day of the week you’re going to move, ex: every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
- Pick the time of day you’re going to move, ex: 1 PM
- Pick the place you’re going to do this, ex: the park or your guest-room
Your new goal should look like this: I’m going to do 12 minutes of jumping jacks and push ups 3 days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in my guest room from 7:00 – 7:12am.
Schedule it on your calendar, phone or both. When your time comes, set the timer for 12 minutes and move your body!
If you want to get the exact workout I use to stay healthy and fit, grab your copy of Simple Is The Cure and I’ll send you a free PDF mini guide including my fitness routine.