Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, Tai Chi, and living with Celiac Disease.

How can you get Happy in 20 minutes or less?

Our lives are a constant scheduling nightmare. If we are sitting in traffic then we may be late to a meeting. If we hit our snooze button too many times then your kids may miss the bus. There are so many restraints during the day that may cause tension, anxiety or even a little frustration. There is one way to “Get Happy” in 20 minutes with no side effects.

Exercising for 20 minutes a day will release your endorphins. Endorphines are your “natural happy pills” No perscription, no doctor and definitely a free or low cost alternative. Exercise gives you a sense of accomplishment that a pill or alcohol cannot give you. You set a goal and accomplished it which will result in you looking at yourself in the mirror a different way. Eventually, the person looking back at you will change as well (weight loss and/or strength gains).

You will have more energy. According to American Sleep Institute, exercise will allow you to have a more restful sleep. You will wake up without hitting that snooze button and feel energized and alert.

Exercise can be Free. A simple walk or jog around the park. As well as some body weighted exercises using outdoor furniture or fixed surfaces can be just as successful as a gym membership. Exercise should never be looked at as any added expense to your monthly budget.

Make a commitment to working out 20 minutes every day for one week and let me know how you feel at the end of the week. See the workout below in the park to help you get started…

Exercise Description
Push-ups Using a park bench for incline or decline push-ups
Hanging Leg Raises Using Monkey Bar
Decline Ab Crunches Using a slide, lie with head lower than feet, hook your feet onto the side is the slide(if you can) and crunch the upper body up toward the legs
Pull-Ups Advanced- use Monkey Bars Beginners- use park bench to create an incline pull-up
Glut Lifts and Hamstring Curls Using a swing- place both legs on the swing, lie on your back and lift your gluts while moving the swing away from you and toward you