🏋🏾‍♀️ Small Ways to Keep Fit During Tough Times

When life throws challenges your way, or you find yourself in a depressive state, the thought of exercise can feel as daunting as climbing a mountain. As someone who has battled depression and sadness, I know all too well how hard it can be to stay motivated for physical activity. Here are three small but effective ways I’ve found to keep fit during tough times:

3️⃣ 3 Minute Stretch Starting each day with just three minutes of stretching as soon as I get out of bed has been transformative. This simple act warms up my body, gets the blood flowing, and slightly elevates my heart rate, especially helpful during periods of sadness or depression. It’s a small morning push that helps maintain mobility and muscle memory.

➗ Divide by 3 Method When a full workout feels unattainable, I turn to my “Divide by 3” method. Depending on my energy and emotions each day, I break my exercise into three parts. If I’m feeling really down, it might be three minutes of walking in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. On better days, it’s 10 minutes of jogging in the morning, 10 minutes of cardio in the afternoon, and 10 minutes of running laps around my couch later. This way, I manage at least 10 to 30 minutes of daily exercise, a realistic goal for tough times.

💡Keep Equipment Close & Convenient Another game changer was keeping exercise equipment in visible, easy-to-reach places. The couch in the middle of the living room invites me to jog around it, while the yoga mat beside my bed reminds me to stretch first thing in the morning. Sometimes, a 10-minute jump rope session during my lunch break is all I need. Keeping equipment in sight makes it easier to fit in small yet effective workouts.

🤗 If you’re struggling right now, these small adjustments can make a big difference. You might not see rapid weight loss, but keeping your body moving is crucial for maintaining heart health and muscle strength. These methods offer manageable ways to stay fit, particularly when life feels overwhelming.