Is there anyone who tries to get exercise in over the course of the day instead of packing it into 1 hour or however long you exercise for? Are there benefits or draw backs to this… In the last several months, I have a major preference for doing things over the course of the day instead of go-go-going for a long duration. For example, on most week days I may wake up and walk a couple of miles, later on walk a half mile, later on walk another mile (about 5 days per week I’m walking between 3 and 5 miles over the course of each day); intermittently throw in really short but quick intervals where I’ll do some kettlebell swings, pull-ups or lunges, or dance a couple of times per day and at some point in my day I am also practicing yoga for about an hour. I like doing it this way as it doesn’t feel overwhelming and instead of breaking a sweat for an hour out of my day, then sitting on my butt for the rest of the day, I’m up and moving a bit often. …Yet, I still keep hearing that I should be ‘go-go-going’ for a longer amount of time in a single go. So I was simply curious how y’all exercise/move and what you think about spacing it out over the day.
Yes, I personally love to do short bouts of movement throughout the day. I still love a rough, more structured workout, but sometimes I find a few short workouts throughout the day more beneficial. I find my energy is better, I feel warmer, and I feel substantially less stressed. Also, my appetite is great–everything just tastes awesome! One thing that I find super interesting is that I am significantly leaner when I spread my workouts over the course of the day. I am working out for the same amount of time, and doing the same amount of work (actually, probably less), and I am for sure more lean. Like everything, I would suggest doing what works for you, and don’t be afraid to mix things up.