How to Get Active and Healthy When You Are a Lazy Couch Potato

Posted January 27, 2021 by in Health + Fitness

If you are one of those people who is always planning to get fit, but never follows through, it could be because you have a lazy personality when it comes to exercise. Same here! With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that fact. You just may need to take a different approach when it comes to your fitness journey.

If you are having a hard time transitioning into a lifestyle that’s more active, consider these tips below to help you reach your fitness goals:

woman holding weights and wearing a shirt that says "Believe in Yourself"

Stick to Reps of 10

The first thing that you need to do is try and do 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups every single day. It doesn’t even matter if they are not consecutive, because at the end of the day, something is better than nothing. After a while, you may find that those 10 push-ups are too easy, and that is a sign you’re ready to increase your reps.

If you started doing 20 push-ups every day, then you may find yourself getting tired and demotivated quickly, so starting small may be the best way for you to set yourself up for success.

Stand Up Every Hour

You have probably heard tons of times that sitting down all day is super bad for your health. Being hunched over a keyboard and not even getting up for lunch is really not a good idea, and now is the time for you to make a change by making a conscious effort to try and get up every hour. It doesn’t matter whether you are getting up to go to the bathroom or whether you are just making a cup of coffee—any type of movement is beneficial for your body.

If you can, invest in an Apple Watch or a FitBit. You can set them to buzz every hour to remind you to get your steps in. This constant reminder will help you out in the long run. You’ll be more active, yes, but moving around throughout the day is also great for your back, neck, and hips. These smart watches are also very motivating and they often have other healthy features like guided meditations.

If you get up for a snack, make sure that it is a healthy one as this is ideal for improving gut health.

Walk for 20 Minutes a Day

It doesn’t matter whether it is the middle of winter or the middle of summer—walking for at least 20 minutes a day is a must. Walking is not only good for your body and heart, but it’s also good for your mind as it can be very therapeutic. 20 minutes also isn’t a very long time—it’s less than most shows on Netflix—so skip the car when you can and get moving.

If you want to help yourself even more with your motivation, then now would be a good time for you to think about getting a dog. When you do get a dog though, you need to know that they are a commitment for life and not just for weekends or until you get fit.

Know that You Don’t Actually Need to Leave the House

It’s important to know that you don’t even need to leave the house to get fit. If you don’t feel too comfortable going out on walks then this is understandable, so workout inside instead. There are tons of exercises that you can do in your living room and none of them will require you to commute to the gym. You can do some arm dips, lunges and more.

All of this will help you to work those abs and it will also help you to make the most out of your workout in general.

Use Tabata or a Fitness App

If you just have five minutes, then why not use the Tabata app for a super-fast and intensive workout? The great thing about this is that you will have 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off, so you get an intensive workout that gives you cardio benefits as well as help you meet your fitness goals—whatever they may be.

You can also run for 20 seconds and then walk for 10 if you want. Burpees and planks can also be incorporated. Either way, fitness apps can easily give you the motivation you need to boost your metabolism and you should start seeing benefits in no time at all if you are willing to put in the work.

Turn Off

Believe it or not, it’s not all about exercise. The way that you live your daily life will have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Getting enough sleep is crucial if you want to stay fit. The devices you own will be distracting you on a daily basis and they won’t be helping either.

You need to try and power down the tech you have, and you also need to turn everything off around an hour before you go to bed as well. This will help you to get a much better sleep and it will also give you the chance to unwind properly as well.

Don’t Worry About Time

You should never really worry about how long your workout is lasting. The quality of your workout doesn’t depend on the amount of time you devote to it. What matters is that you get moving in the first place. It doesn’t matter if you are not able to do a full hour, or if you are not able to run for as long as you’d like. What matters is that you are giving it your all, and that you are trying your best. That’s what counts, not how long you actually worked out for.

Run for a Song

If you don’t want to be too ambitious and you are just not feeling good about yourself, then try and run for just one song. Tell yourself that you are not going to stop until you hear that the last beat has been played. If you can do this then you will soon find that you are able to run for two songs, and then three.

The great thing about listening to music when you workout is that you will soon find that you end up losing yourself in the song and this can really help you to stay motivated.

Workout During Ads

If you think that you are a rather lazy person then why not use TV to your advantage? You can combine this with exercise, or you can also workout during the ads. Do a five-minute circuit of lunges, push-ups, pull-ups and more. When you do this, you will then find that you can reward yourself by slouching on the sofa or even just unwinding with the next part of the program.

Little things like this can really help you to stay on top of your exercise routine and it stops you from just sitting endlessly in front of the TV without seeing any results. You can then build it up to working out for longer and keeping the TV on pause for an extra few minutes.

As you can see, fitness doesn’t have to be all high-intensity, walking is more than enough—especially if you’re just getting started. Be patient with yourself and just start small.