Finding movement that brings you happiness, or joyful movement, as I like to call it, is so critical for your metabolic health. We all need a combination of cardio and strength training, and the goal is to find movement that we actually enjoy doing. Cardio movement helps strengthen your heart and boost your metabolism, while strength training helps to build muscle and that lean muscle mass that looks so toned and healthy while also strengthening our bones. Both types of movement help to improve insulin sensitivity, improve lipids, and reduce inflammation.
If you are stuck on time and not sure when to fit in a workout, remember that sometimes the little things really add up. So maybe get a standing desk at work and in between meetings do some squats and lunges. If you drive to work, try to park a bit away from the entrance to get some walking in, and climb the steps instead of taking the elevator. When you have time on the weekends, take advantage of it, and schedule some movement into your day. If you have time for a 10 minute workout video- great! Something is always better than nothing. 🙂
The best time to exercise? Honestly, whenever you will do it and do it consistently. However studies show that for metabolic fitness, if you want to optimize post meal glucose spikes, even a simple 15-minute leisurely stroll will do! If you aren’t able to walk, simple arm movements or any movement to keep your muscles twitching can have the same effect.
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