You may think you don’t have time to exercise but knowing the benefits of regular exercise should encourage us all to exercise. Are you aware that regular exercise may ward off some health problems? For example, exercise has been noted to help prevent heart problems, high blood pressure, and sometimes even improve your mood. Some people report that when they exercise they notice an increase in their energy level and they enjoy better sleep.
So let’s look at a few things we can do to be sure we get the exercise we need.
When you first get out of bed stretch. This can be some gentle stretches just to get you moving. Get an easy yoga DVD and follow along. Next add a few crunches and if you are able do a few push-ups and sit-up. Remember you do not have to do a strenuous routine to count as exercise.
If possible take a bike or walk to work. If you are not able to do this make sure you park as far away from your office as possible. Take the stairs and not the elevator. You will be surprised as to how the steps add up on a weekly basis.
So you have a desk job. You can still sneak in some exercise. Keep hand weights and use them while reading email or talking on the phone. Exercise can be “just moving”. Every little bit helps.
Do not get into the habit of eating your lunch at your desk. Eat something healthy while on the go to the gym, for a walk, or running errands.
Get up and walk to the coworker’s desk for a conversation instead of sending instant message, emailing, or calling them from your workstation. When possible have “walking meetings”. Leave the conference room and walk and talk. You may find others enjoy this too. Sure sounds more fun than all the sit down meeting people have.
If you find yourself waiting in line move around as much as you can without losing your place. Flex your abdominal muscles. If you have room do some squats. You may start a trend and find others have the nerve to join you.
Now this may be a little hard for some of you after a busy day at work. But skip that happy hour and do something active. You will benefit by taking in less calories and by being active. Maybe your “happy hour” buddies will join you in a game such as soccer. Or maybe you should invite them to form a walking club with you. You can enjoy time together without happy hour. Plan to treat yourselves to happy hour once a month. Then get back to the exercise.
If you have a dog get another member of the family to go with you and take the pooch on a power-walk. If you don’t have a dog go for a power walk after dinner with a family member or friend. Not only will you sneak in a little exercise you will enjoy conversation and nature.
Save the money you are paying someone else to clean your house and burn off calories as you move vigorously around while vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, etc. then go outside and mow the yard with a push mower instead of the riding mower. Call the troops together and was the car. You may learn that you enjoy doing the yardwork and gardening yourself.
Now we know you are not going to give up the TV but you can watch your favorite program from the treadmill or a stationary bike. You can even sneak in a workout while watching a movie.
If you need help with an exercise plan give WeightoWellness a call. The health care professionals there will help you with a diet and exercise program that will be best suited to your needs.
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