Exercise Doesn't Have to Take Lots of Time


You know exercise is important to your health. It helps you feel better physically, gives you energy, and helps you deal with the stress of your busy life.  

But what do you do when life gets too busy to take an exercise class, go for a run, or get to the gym? 

It’s easy to start skipping exercise when life gets busy, but that leads to less energy, and aches and pains cropping up. This makes you feel like exercising even less, and leads to a downward spiral. That means that finding time to exercise when life is busy is even more important.  

If you can find 8 minutes, you can maintain your strength even on your busiest day.  

Exercise doesn’t have to take lots of time. In fact, your 8 minutes don’t even have to be all together. You can break them up throughout the day. Doing one exercise for one minute every hour while at work counts just as much as doing 8 minutes of exercise after the kids are in bed and before you collapse on the couch. The following exercises use your body weight for resistance, so you don’t need any equipment. They also use many muscle groups at once so you can maintain strength in your whole body in a short amount of time.  

  1. The plank; Lying on your stomach, with your forearms on the ground, elbows under the shoulders, and arms parallel to the body. Toes tucked under, engage your stomach muscles and lift your body up. Hold for 20 seconds, rest 5 seconds, and repeat 3 times. 

  2. Push up; (do on your knees if you need an easier version). 20 seconds of push ups, 10 seconds of rest and repeat. 

  3. Quadruped - Start on your hands and knees with your hands under your shoulders, and you knees under your hips. Lift and reach with one arm and the opposite leg, maintaining a stable core. Hold 10 seconds and repeat on opposite side. Repeat 5 times. 

  4. Bridge; Lying on back, with your knees bent, engage your abdominals and lift your hips. Hold 20 seconds, rest 5 seconds, and repeat 3 times. 

  5. Lunge; Stand tall and take a large step forward with the right leg, shifting your weight forward. Lower your body until the right thigh is parallel to floor and your right shin is vertical. (do not let the knee shift past right toe). Return to the start and repeat on the other side. Repeat 20 times.  

  6. Squat to heel raise; Feet shoulder width apart, core engaged and arms raised high above the head. Perform a squat and return to standing then rise onto your toes. Repeat 20 times. 

And as always your physical therapist can help you learn what type of exercises will be best for you. We understand that it can be a challenge to fit in exercise to your day. We would be happy to help you with a home exercise program geared toward your needs.

At GroupHab Physical Therapy and Wellness we specialize in working with seniors; offering years of PT experience and individualized treatment plans with one on one treatments. We also offer a wide variety of rehabilitative group wellness classes for seniors managing chronic conditions. Our physical therapist led and designed classes combine physical therapy treatment concepts, principles, and theory with music, providing a rehabilitative program that is safely allowing seniors to move and feel better!

Patients can attend our programming knowing that the classes are safe, rehabilitative, medically based and designed to keep patients healthy and well in addition to preventing and managing chronic conditions.

We also have a variety of online videos through our website that you can do on your own time!

For more information feel free to call anytime at 864-525-2654, or visit our website at www.grouphab.com.

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