How To Improve Physical Fitness Without Exercising Constantly

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Ready to improve your physical fitness once and for all but don’t want to spend hours exercising? Here’s a plan you can actually stick with that won’t take over your life.  Sounds like a dream doesn’t it?

How do I know this?   I’m a busy woman too.

Physical Fitness

Here’s what we already know:

  • Consistent exercise in your life is so beneficial to your body. 
  • You know you would feel so much better when you exercise
  • You carry around guilt that you may not be taking care of the one and only body that God has given you

Most of us gals feel that way but here’s the deal —

We’ve been taught that true physical fitness is only reached when the exercise lasts up to an hour at a time with high intensity.  You want to get started and stick with it, but an hour of heart-thumping exercise is tough, and who has the time or resources?  So what ends up happening is that we do nothing.

Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

This describes how I used to be.  What’s sad is that we are making it way too complicated.  I’ve since realized that there are ways to get that heart pumping and those calories burning without always joining into what we traditionally think of as real exercise.  

Easier Physical Fitness Tip #1

Here’s the first truth:  A fifteen-minute workout {if done with your all} is wonderful and is very beneficial to your body.  It’s better than nothing, after all.  If you do 15 minute speed cleanings all week, you’ve technically exercised almost two hours!  From zilch to almost 2 hours?  That’s improvement in my book.  Of course, once you start feeling awesome, you’ll want to do more and more.

I’m sneaky, I know.

I don’t know about you, but thinking about starting a workout schedule that only involves 15 minute increments sure is less intimidating that imagining an hour’s worth of huffing and puffing my way through a super-long run.


Exercise as little as possible Tip #2

Here’s the second fact:   Your body doesn’t care what you are doing to get your heart pumping at a slightly higher rate than normal.   {especially if you haven’t been exercising}  But here’s what else.  What if you don’t think of it as exercise and just throw yourself into your physical activities every day like cleaning, taking the stairs, playing with your kids, walking the dog?!

Do you know what this means, honeybun?

You don’t have to do what all the exercise nuts are doing.   You can dance around to your favorite tunes, you can do some speed cleaning around your domain, have fun with that yard work you’ve been putting off, you can bicycle through your ‘hood and enjoy the scenery, or you can even love on your man consistently.   Yep, I went there – Gasp!  {your hubby can send me a Starbucks gift card later}    Ha!

I’m serious, Y’all!

[By the way, the physical and emotional benefits of loving on our husbands consistently deserve their own post.  {I feel a future blog post a brewin’.} ]

God did not create our girlie bodies thinking, “Now I hope she gets involved in a spin class three days a week in order to take care of this bod like she needs to.”

There is certainly nothing wrong with spin class, or joining up with a running team.  Everyone should try stuff like that at least once.  What I’m saying is that there are so many physical things we can do consistently as a busy woman without scheduling or breaking out the super-girl yoga pants.  The keys are having fun and being consistent.  Read:  More than once a month.  

Your body cares not what movement is happening as long as your heart is working a little harder than normal to burn calories and release endorphins.

{By the way, endorphins are these cool little, feel-good sensations that your body naturally gets when you get that body moving!}  God is so cool like that, isn’t he?!


Benefits of Exercising Consistently as little as Possible

I know you are maxed out with things on your plate on a daily basis.  But trust me, you can do this.  You can just be intentional to work some extracurricular {honeymoon time} or some other movement into your days while actually “exercising” as little as possible.

Are you motivated yet?  

Fine.  If you need a little more coaxing, then here are even more benefits of getting moving consistently, no matter what you are doing:

  • It relieves stress
  • Combats depression
  • Increases Self Esteem
  • It’s Energizing
  • Better moods {your family says, “hallelujah!}
  • Lowers Anxiety
  • Helps you sleep sounder {you feel better each morning}
  • You’ll rest even better knowing that you are caring for the one and only “temple” God has gifted you with










Now go “exercise” as little as possible but have fun in that body of yours.  {and don’t forget about that hubby}.  

You’re welcome, friend.

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  1. April 16, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Ohhhh I love this post! I am so going to exercise as little as possible too ;0) Seriously htough you really hit it on the head for me I keep telling myself that more is better but never do it! So is it really better than a slow walk on my treadmill, that I actually like, while watching Gilmore girls? I think not ;0)

    • Shan
      April 17, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Your sweet words make my day, Shantel and made me smile so big! I’m so glad it helps to think about it differently which is the best place to start! Let me know how you are doing!


  2. April 17, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    All I see is ‘exercise’ with your husband. Did they already send you Starbuck’s gift card? Lol.
    Great post! We are so happy you linked up with us at Thursday Favorite Things. 🙂

    • Shan
      April 17, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      HaHa! I figured when some hubby’s find out what I’m advocating on their behalf the gift cards may come rolling in. Thank you so much for your warm welcome!!!
      #Godmadeustolove 😉


  3. April 19, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    I agree, any movement can be beneficial as long as it gets your heartrate up. I laughed out loud at the suggestion to love on your hubby as exercise. My husband refers to me as his cardio workout, lol! #tipsandtricks

    • Shan
      April 20, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      LOVE it Aimee. Ha! Lots of Love = Happy Hub!


  4. April 20, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Great tips. 🙂 I love how down to earth and doable they are. Pinning! Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. Can’t wait to see what you link up next. 🙂

    • Shan
      April 20, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah. I love your place too and I’ll be back for sure.


  5. October 7, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    You’re right – there’s a lot that we can do to get moving and to fit it into our schedules! Making it fun helps too. Exercise has so many health benefits and it’s a great stress reliever. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Shan
      October 7, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Teresa. I tend to forget the simplest things so I’m all about us helping each other to stay on track!


  6. October 7, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    I’m with you on this! Exercising can be such a bore, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get active. I like finding ways to be active without doing a regimented exercise program. I like find squats while I brush my teeth or pushups real quick before bed. I stand up while I work and try not to sit as much. All those things are very helpful and beneficial for my body. Love your ideas!

  7. October 12, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Amen and amen! I am the person that used to put off exercise because I didn’t have the right equipment…didn’t have enough time…didn’t like to sweat…you get the idea. By giving myself permission to not be perfect, I suddenly found myself wanting to exercise in a way that works for me. Everything I do is an opportunity to exercise – even shopping. Did you know that you can easily fit in 5000 steps on a shopping trip to Costco? Plus all the lifting of the Costco size items counts as strength training. Awesome! Thanks for the great post. Looking forward to reading more!

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