The five second rule for exercise

I will happily admit I am cribbing from Mel Robbins and her book called “The Five Second Rule”*. Unlike most self-help books, she actually offer clear and concise advice. Starting with counting to five to get yourself out of bed (yes, this works!). However, I also use her tips for exercise.

It’s too damn easy to avoid exercise, especially with young children. If the baby is not interrupting you, the washing needs sorting, the floor is a mess, you can’t find your sports bra….

Mum with dumbells

Stop. Right.There.

The five-second rule basically cuts through the excuses. Count to five and do five squats. Or five lunges. Keep it really simple, so you don’t have to think too much about it – and when you have done those five, you will want to keep going. That’s when having a low-impact exercise app on your phone or a programme saved on your TV really helps. It means you don’t have to hunt for equipment or worry about your boobs bouncing in your face.

That’s it. And if you are intrigued by the book, but you don’t have the time to read it, take a look at Mel’s TedEx talk: “How to stop screwing yourself over“. It’s only twenty minutes long and freely available.

Five, four, three, two, one…

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