Most of us would definitely exercise if we only had the (extra) time, but since we don’t. Well, according to experts your “valid” excuse is in reality a “poor” one.
Despite what you’ve been conditioned to believe, like the need to join a group, gym, etc and devote a designated amount of time per day to your workout routine, experts assert it’s actually a lot easier than that. In fact, they note that a few minutes, a few times a day (of physical activity) adds up. And, you don’t have to engage in anything “strenuous” or “fancy” as long as:
· You feel your heart pumping and beating faster (without racing).
· You are breathing faster and “heavier” than usual, but you are still able to carry on a conversation even while exercising.
· You are definitely getting heated and working up a sweat, but not dripping with perspiration.
Plus it can be as easy as conducting daily routines and activities including:
· Walking to work or to the bus or train station. And, if you drive, it may be as simple as parking on a higher level (in a parking garage) or simply parking further away.
· Skip the elevator or escalator and use the stairs.
· Walk around the office a few times a day. Also think about walking around the block or up and down the parking area during lunch.
· Do your house cleaning to the tune of your favorite tunes and really move and groove.
· Exercise back and stomach muscles right at your desk by tensing and releasing them.
· When shopping (in a grocery or in a mall), pick up the pace and strut your stuff a little faster.
Experts also suggest keeping track of the exercise you manage to fit into your day as a constant reminder of just how well you did (and how little effort it really required).
And, they also suggest giving up a sitcom a night for some additional exercise, maybe even a walk, swim or bike ride after dinner. Or consider a getaway that offers plenty of activity such as skiing, surfing, etc. Not only will you have fun (in the sun) but can build your muscles, stamina and skills too.