Getting your daily exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend hours at the gym. Often, 45 – 60 minutes is enough to keep a healthy lifestyle, and that can be broken up into several intervals. With today’s busy lifestyles, it’s become harder to find time to keep fit; these ten tips should help you find some time in your daily schedule to fit in some exercise and stay healthy.
1) Take the stairs: Climbing stairs is one of the best leg workouts you can get. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs to your office. Start slow, one or two flights, then work your way up to doing at least five flights.
2) Walk after dinner: Too many of us flop down on the couch after a big meal and then wonder why we’re not losing any weight! The key is to get up and move around. Even a 15 minute brisk walk around the block will help your meal from sticking to your hips (and thighs, and stomach.)
3) Park farther away: The next time you go to the grocery store, park farther away from the front doors. The extra walk will not only give you some fresh air, it will tone your legs nicely!
4) Get up earlier (or stay up later): Try setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier and do some sit-ups, push-ups or barbell exercises.
5) Exercise at your desk: Stand up while you’re on the phone, or do some leg raises or crunches while sitting.
6) Pop in a video: There are many quality home videos available at your local department store. All you need is about 30 minutes to get in a good workout.
7) Play with the kids: Go to the park and kick the soccer ball around, or go for a family bike ride. It will help keep your kids in shape too!
8) Do standing push-ups while cooking: Stand about an arm’s length away from the counter. Push your arms against the counter, and then up again. Do 10-15 repetitions for toned arms.
9) Try 10 minutes of jumping jacks: This is a great way to burn calories and work up a sweat in a short amount of time.10) Waiting for your child’s music or dance lesson?
10) Walk around the block: Who says you have to sit on a hard bench while waiting for your child to finish their lessons? Walk around the block. You can even add one or two minute bursts of jogging in between.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to add up the minutes in your exercise routine. There are various things you can do every day in order to live a healthy lifestyle and they don’t take up a lot of your time. Start out with one or two of the suggestions above, and work your way up to six or seven daily activities. They will soon become routine and you will actually look forward to your after dinner walk and taking the stairs to your office. You’ll love the way your body transforms too!
Zienna Miller is a freelancer writer for many websites. Her daily exercise consists of walking her mini teacup pig with her boyfriend, Daniel Hayes.