You have a yoga class on Thursday, a Zumba class on Tuesday, a spin class set for Saturday and Mondays, and moving day is on Sunday. When the schedule gets hectic, working out is usually the first thing to go. But while the gym is not an option, exercise is mandatory- especially during moving week. How do you maintain your cool without breaking your daily sweat?
Why Is It So Important to Exercise During Moving Week?
The bottom line is, moving can compromise the state of your health. Moving is one of life’s top ten most stressful events. When you face a stressful situation, your body releases cortisol. When cortisol is released, your body goes into fight or flight mode- your blood pumps harder and faster, your metabolism speeds up, and your blood sugar level becomes elevated.
Exercise, on the other hand, is good for your health. It helps your body regulate its cortisol level. The more exercise you do, the more adept you become at handling stress. Exercising also lets off those delightful painkillers, or endorphins, which combat depression and create feelings of positivity and relaxation.
At Colonial Van Lines, we love to see our customers relaxed, positive and worry-free. That’s why we stick with our customers from the beginning to the end of every move. From budgeting to packing to transport to unpacking to storage and everything in between, our dependable movers are there for you 24/7.
However, while movers we are, personal trainers we’re not. But although we may not be there to sit on your feet when you do sit-ups, we can help you out with a few suggestions. When you don’t have time to get in that all-important exercise during moving week, here are some alternatives.
Exercise at Home
These days, we can shop without leaving the house, work without leaving the house, and have the groceries delivered for weeks by tapping our phones. Why not exercise without leaving the house? You save time, you save money, you don’t have to dress formally, and you even get to pick your own music. And here’s a surprising fact: working out at home can be even more effective than working out a gym. Got yoga pants and a mat? Here are some top tips for training at home.
Step It Up
Why go to a gym, when you have some of the best exercise equipment in your own living room? Running up and down the stairs is a very efficient way of burning maximum calories in a limited amount of time – perfect for the time-strapped. And don’t forget the steps. Steps can be used to work every major muscle in your body, lower and upper. Calf raises, step-ups, side lifts, squats lunges, knee raises, planking and more are just a step away.
Make A Run for It
When the stress is overwhelming, the coast is clear, and the time is right, put on those running shoes and hit the pavement. Running is excellent for your cardiovascular system, good for your bones and joints, burns calories and turns your moving lows into “runner’s highs.”
Stream Online Exercise
Want to get a killer workout in the same time it takes for most people to find a parking space at the gym? Just pop on your tablet, computer, phone or device and you’ll be sweating in a hot minute. Streaming platforms are portable, easy to use, and you can’t beat the variety of workouts or instructors available. If you’re looking for a platform, crunchlive.com is known to be ex “stream” ly effective.
HIIT It Hard
More burn in less time? Yes, please. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is a workout that puts your routine on fast forward. By combining intervals of fast-paced exercise with intervals low to moderate intensity recovery periods, HIIT gives you maximum calorie burn and increased heart health in about half the time of other cardio workouts. Sound too good to be true?
For a full-body HIIT workout, pick a few muscle toning exercises, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, taking a 10-second rest interval. Repeat the circuit twice. With the high-powered metabolism boost, you’ll be a lean mean calorie machine for hours afterward.
At Moving Squad, we know, going cold turkey from a gym can be difficult. Whether your gym membership has expired, your jonesing for your elliptical, or simply missing the fresh towels, breaking up with your gym is hard to do. Never fear, you don’t have a clean break just yet. There are plenty of exercise centers in your neighborhood that you can use to keep you on the wagon.
YMCAs: Most local YMCAs have an equipment filled gym room and a pool that you can use for a small fee. Many locations offer exercise classes as well.
Mommy Meet-up Exercise Groups: Put some Mommy muscle into it! For moving Mommies out there, check out fit4mom.com to find mommy exercise groups in your area.
Local Gyms: If your favorite gym is not an option, put in a half-hour of power at any local gym in your area. Most have a membership option that will grant you access to their facilities for 24 hours.
Colonial Van Lines
Colonial Van Lines may not specialize in exercise, but we do specialize in getting the most work done in the least amount of time. We work as quickly and efficiently as possible to save our customers precious money and time, to keep stress down to a minimum. Our dependable movers handle every aspect of your move with the integrity and care it deserves. When you work with us, you have the peace of mind of knowing your working with insured, licensed, and experienced movers that you can trust.
At Colonial Van Lines we want our customers to breathe easy and encouraging exercise is only a part of it. We take the hassle out of moving week by providing packing services, efficient transport, and storage options and affordable pricing. Request our free rate quote today to find out why we’re the nation’s most trusted and top-rated mover.