Monday, January 4, 2010

Easy Ways to Exercise

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to get more exercise? Here are some easy to follow exercise tips which you can follow during your day to day activities. Staying healthy can be easy!

Walk 10 Minutes a Day and Increase Your Fitness Level
New studies show that even short bouts of activity can increase your fitness level, especially if you're new at working out. A brisk walk will burn the same amount of calories per mile that jogging does (approx. 100 calories). It’s important to get your heart pumping during a walk. Remember to stretch!

Park and Walk
Whenever you have an errand, park your car as far away as you can handle and walk to the store. (My husband has been doing that for years. He has never been one to drive around to find a closer spot! I guess I'll have to follow his example.)At the mall, park at the farthest end and walk the length of the mall. Use every opportunity to walk. At the end of the day, it all adds up to better fitness.

Climb Stairs
Try climbing plain old stairs. This can be done at home, in your office, apartment building, or on stair-climbing machines in the gym. Climbing two steps at a time is good for building the quadriceps (thigh muscles) and the gluteus (butt). Going down steps builds strength in the quadriceps and to a lesser extent, the hamstrings.

Recliner Reps
Put a couple hand weights by your recliner and while you're watching television or a movie, grab the hand weights and do some arm curls. You'd be amazed at how creative you can get in finding ways to work different muscles while sitting in a recliner. Even if you only do it during the commercials you're still exercising. (I did hear of someone that replaced their recliner with a stationary bike...)

Do The Flex
Can you flex your abs? your butt? Try this each time something happens. For example, flex your abs every time you answer the phone or text. Or when driving, flex your butt every time you turn.

The benefits of exercise are many. It strengthens the heart muscle, builds energy levels, lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and strength, helps reduce body fat, makes you look healthy, fit…even sexy! Really, there's no good reason not to exercise!

Have you got a creative way to sneak in some exercise? We'd love to hear about it!
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