5min Every Day, Move Any Way You Want!
Start Your 28 Days Any Time
Take the most difficult month of the pandemic to develop life long habits of exercise that will get you to your health and wellness goals and keep them up long-term!
During this pandemic, it is critical that we move every day. People are finding it increasingly difficult to keep moving being isolated ...in lock-down ...during the winter ...with the couch, tv and comforting snacks calling to you ...for such a long period of time. So many things stacked up against us!
So why not commit just for 28 days to make a small 5min effort?
How does Exercise Help Us?
Increases your Overall Body Functioning Reduces Stress
Increases Circulation Releases Emotions
Supports your Body Gives your Brain a Break
Increases your Immune System Works your Brain in different ways
Refreshes and Rebuilds Tissues Improves Sleep
Boosts Metabolism and Energy Increases Mental Alertness and Focus
Increases Stamina throughout the day Increases Motivation and Mood
It takes 90 days to develop a habit,
so let's get started slow and steady for 28 days!
Make Exercise Just as Painless as Brushing your Teeth!
Because you've probably brushed your teeth more than 20,000 times, how difficult on a scale of 1-10 is brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day? Just like brushing your teeth, make exercise painless and eventually enjoyable, something that invigorates and inspires you! Take it 5min at a time, day after day for 28 days and then see how differently you feel!
Let's Set You Up for Success!
1. Choose a time of day
Choose a time of day that you will workout every day and perhaps a different time for the weekend.
The best way for you to be successful is to establish habits, like brushing your teeth, that you do
regularly at the same time every day. Perhaps during your lunch hour, right before work or right
after work. Once you get used to moving at this time, it will be programmed into your body and a lot
easier to keep up with and less likely for you to fall off. The more times you follow through, the easier
it will be, and a lot less mentally challenging because it won't be much of a thought!
2. Bookmark your workouts
Bookmark this webpage for quick and easy access to your workout options.
Follow Train with Nat on Youtube.
Bookmark your favourite online workouts.
Download this menu of activities for a quick reference you can pull up in your phone.
3. Set an alarm in your phone
Schedule your workouts in your planner.
Set an alarm in your phone to go off 5min before your workout time.
Include a positive and motivating note like "Let's get moving and motivated!"
"We make our habits, and then our habits make us!"
4. Eliminate Barriers and Create Back-up Plans
If you are a parent or have demanding roles or relationships, block the time off
and communicate your commitment to those who may need you. It's important
to try to eliminate barriers to your follow through where possible.
Create a back-up plan incase life happens and you get pulled away.
It may be another time during the day or a 3min stretch before bed, even in bed.
Every small effort makes a difference to your body as well as building successful
habits for long-term adoption. The more you miss, the easier it is to miss again.
5. Set Up Your Workout Station
Clear and set-up a spot for you to exercise. You only need space
the size of a yoga mat. Make it easy for you to follow through and
set up an inviting space where you want to be. Creating positive
relationships with your habits will be crucial for long-term adoption
and finding enjoyment and alignment with activity.
6. COMMIT mentally!
In order to be successful, you need to commit mentally. You may need up to a week to fully commit mentally. Run the commitment through the big boss, your Brain! It sounds silly, but tell yourself you will Move Every Day for 28 days and will succeed! Imagine yourself doing it, think about doing it and even think about the challenges that will arise. These are all things Olympic Athletes do to find ultimate success. The more your brain gets used to the idea, the easier and less foreign it will be to follow through. When you're ready to bet on yourself, you are READY! Then, just Follow through starting on your start date. No excuses. It's only 5min!
Time to Exercise?
1. Open Youtube or this webpage
2. Put on music you enjoy and layout your mat
3. Choose a workout from the selection of videos or posted exercises below. If the workout is intense, be sure to warm-up properly prior to beginning. Most workouts only have 2-5 exercises to make them easy to follow. You can also go for a walk, dance, walk some stairs, stretch or do a yoga video!
4. If you feel like you can do more, choose another workout!
5. Send a in Train with Nat's Accountability Group! (on WhatsApp)
After a couple weeks you will get used to different workouts and formats and then you can start to change the workouts to increase or decrease intensity or to work different areas of your body.
It gets a whole lot easier once you know what to expect and have done it before. Remember, change is always uncomfortable at first but,
"If you want something in your life to change,
You are going to have to make a change"
Tips to Ensure Safety
1. Speak to your physician if you are new to exercise or have any health conditions or injuries that can be made worse by exercise.
2. Make sure you start with a proper warm-up and gradually increase intensity.
3. All exercises are done under control, at a pace you are comfortable with. Watch the video and then perform exercises at your own pace. Do NOT try to keep up with the pace of the video.
4. All exercises are done PAIN-FREE.
5. Don't hold your breath. Breathe and always listen to your body. Always remember, Exercise is for YOU! For it to benefit you most, it must be a positive experience.
6. Start slow and gradually increase the intensity based on how you feel.
7. STOP if you have any pain. Start to get to know your body!
8. If you start to feel pain or discomfort, stop and seek help to prevent further damage.
9. Wear supportive footwear.
10. Change up the exercises so you are not doing the same ones too often. Your body needs variety and overworking the same areas of the body will lead to overuse injuries.
Disclaimer: All information provided by Train with Nat is of a general nature and is furnished only for informational and entertainment purposes only. No information is to be taken as medical or other health advice pertaining to any individual specific health or medical condition. You agree that use of this information is at your own risk and hold Train with Nat harmless from any and all losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.
For Absolute Beginners
Here are a few very basic videos that will start you off if you have no experience. It is always recommended to seek professional and live help first, but in absence of that, I hope these are helpful to educate but not over complicate!