Whether you take care of children, have a busy career or just spend a lot of time with family and friends, it can be difficult to fit in a good exercise program on a weekly basis. Sometimes you just want to take a nap on the couch!
But it is important to stay physically active on a regular basis, as it may give you more energy and improve your mood, in another way, it is a chance to spend some time to enjoy yourself without the rush.
Here are some simple tips which you may find helpful.
It may seem simple, but walking can help you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. In fact, a person who weighs 160 pounds can burn over 90 calories in about 30 minutes going at a slow pace!
And there are many, other daily activities you do regularly that can help you burn calories like laundry, gardening, cleaning, brushing your teeth, and more! You may find that your favorite hobby is actually a good workout!
2. Exercise from a Chair.
If you are confined to a chair or stuck sitting at work all day, check out these exercises from Forbes.com. My favorite is the “Wooden Leg.” You just raise one leg in front of you, hold it for a couple of seconds and then put it down. Repeat alternating your legs, and you can increase the strength of your lower body without leaving your desk!
3. Just Breathe.
Instead of just focusing on your physical activities, it’s important to slow down a bit as well. Take some time for yourself. Find a quiet place where you can lie down and relax. You can meditate or simply listen to the sounds around you.
Breathe slowly and deeply and let go of your cares with each exhale. When you finish, you’ll be calmer and ready to take on your next challenge!
After you are done with your quiet time, you may want to do some light stretching. It will help your body avoid injury and improve recovery and flexibility.
One of my favorite stretches is really simple. Bring your shoulders up to your ears as high as you can and hold for about 10 seconds and crinkle your face up too. Then, let everything go and repeat. You won’t believe how much stress is lurking in your shoulders and face! (And a brief warning; you may want to make sure you are alone for this this stretching activity. Otherwise, it could be caught on camera and show up on social media!)
5. Use your own body.
If you avoid exercising because you don’t have the appropriate equipment or a gym membership, you can get rid of that excuse right now! There are some fantastic ways to use your own body as part of a resistance-training program.
For example, in addition to standard push-ups and sit-ups, try a plank or the “Superman/Superwoman.” To help strengthen your lower back, here, you simple lie on the ground facing down, and slowly lift your arms, legs and head up, hold for five seconds, let go, and repeat.
Ready to Treat Your Body to Some Healthy Exercise?
As you can see from these simple exercises, it doesn’t take much to start burning calories, improve strength and flexibility and also relax. And this is important.
In addition to helping you look and feel better, a regular physical activity can help protect you from a range of health concerns in the future. “
What’s your excuse now?
Do you have some more tips you’d like to add to this list? If so, please let me know down below in the comments section.