It seems like the times when exercise could benefit us most are exactly when we’re not in the mood to do it. AKA after a long break from working out, when we’re feeling bloated or the possible worst one… on our periods. Exercise can be extra intimidating when you feel like you have to go to the gym for an hour. But that’s not the case. You can lead into a more intense workout gently or you can just do a gentle workout. Either way is good for your body so let’s get into 5 of the best exercises to do when you’re not feeling it.
Active stretching is any stretch you do on your own without assistance from an object or other person. If your energy is low, start on the ground. Lay down and do a big morning stretch (you know, the one you do when you first wake up?) Don’t think too much about it, just stretch your limbs and muscles in a way that feels comfortable and brings energy to them. From there you can go into more floor stretches like a lying hamstring stretch or a cobra stretch on your belly. Let your resources guide you through 5-10 minutes of this; your resources being Google, YouTube and Instagram. They’re going to be your best friends in each of these exercises. After that, maybe you’re warmed up to go into a more intense workout or maybe you’re ready for TV. Either way, we won’t judge. You moved your body and it thanks you.
Hello, YouTube. Search for a beginner’s yoga class and pick the amount of time you feel like moving for. Maybe right now that’s 5 minutes, but after your class you’re ready for another 20. Thank you, internet! It’s easy to find exactly what you want. Pro tip: don’t be intimidated by yoga if you’ve never tried it before. We’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s essentially the same as the previous exercise, but more distinguished. The best thing about the yoga crowd? They’re all for modification. So if you can’t do or just aren’t feeling a certain pose, it’s likely they have alternatives that yield the same result. Let a YouTube yogi guide you through beginner movements for as long as you please and leave feeling refreshed.
The first two exercises can definitely be full-on workouts. In fact, really anything can be a workout. It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it and that changes day by day. Don’t feel bad if you have a low-effort day or even three of those in a row. Like we said, moving your body is what’s important here. Beginner pilates exercises are a great option for those mid-level energy days when you’re not really in the mood, but you still want to get a solid workout in. Pilates is perfect for this since it’s typically done from the floor. Don’t get up. YouTube some pilates videos and get your workout in from the floor.
I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t this require me to get up and jump? Yes, but it’s still the perfect workout for those low-energy days and we’ll explain why. Pick 3 of your favorite songs or the songs that get you the most pumped. Take your jump rope outside or where you have ample space and jump to a few songs. Your workout is over in a few song’s time and you’re doing something fun that maybe you haven’t really done since you were a kid. It’s the perfect mindless way to burn a lot of energy. Maybe it’s a 1-song-and-done day… That’s what’s great about jumping rope, it’s great exercise pretty much no matter how long you do it.
Go for a Walk
Last, but definitely not least, take it outside. Going for a walk is a surefire way to bring up your energy levels. It’s nature, plus exercise and it’s a great way to get energy you’re lacking to do another workout. Walking makes for a great warm up and it’s great to do alone for your daily exercise. You’ve probably heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking.” Turns out, it’s kind of legit. Doctors found in a study that Americans are sitting more than ever. So a walk is the perfect solution to those low-energy days where all we wanna do is sit on the couch and binge-watch TV. You can even pack it into your lunch break. You’ll be surprised how refreshed getting outside makes you feel.
So, there you have it. 5 ways to get a workout in on the days you just don’t want to. And proof that a workout doesn’t have to mean lifting 50lbs at the gym for 45 minutes. Choose any one of these workouts as a pick-me-up if you’re feeling low or to relieve period cramps or bloating. When you get that boost of energy, combine two of these for your workout. No matter what, your mind and your body will be glad you did it. So whether it’s 5 minutes or 25, be proud. You made it.