Exercise On the Go
You have set a weight loss goal but you are finding it difficult to find the time to keep up with exercising? I know I have. It seems that we believe that you must spend hours in the gym in order to lose weight, but we are both wrong. It’s not how long you exercise, it is how you exercise.
Apart from losing weight, there are so many other health benefits to exercise and living an active lifestyle – boosts energy, reduces stress, boosts mood, improves sleep, combats diseases, improves brain function and improves your overall quality of life.
Like the 10 minute workout guy says, if you pack a lot into a short space of time and push yourself to your max, you may do more for your body than a lazy two hours in the gym. There is so much we can do in our daily lives to get that added boost. Below are some activities which we can incorporate each day for a more active life.
- Try waking up 20-30minutes earlier to put in a quick 15 minute exercise first thing in the morning.
- If you live close enough, try walking or biking to work a couple days a week. Maybe you might get the hang of it and do it every day. This way you save a little money.
- If leaving your car at home is not an option, take the furthest parking spot and take a brisk walk to the office, to the supermarket, where ever you go.
- Always the stairs over the elevator and remember ‘brisk’ is the word to remember.
- Have a little down time during the day? Talk a walk break. Walk around the office or around the street. A few brisk 10 minute walks add up.
- Instead of heading home and hanging out on the couch, find an evening activity – walk the dog or do some gardening.
- Get out in the yard or head to the park and play with the children or the dog. Great family fun and exercise rolled into one.
- Housework is a great exercise opportunity. Turn up the music and ‘get to work’ (reference to Britney Spears song).
These are just a few of the activities you can add to your daily life but there are many more things. The most important thing to remember is to set realistic goals. Nothing dampers your weight loss efforts more than pushing towards a goal which may take you twice as long to reach as you projected.