Not having enough time is probably the biggest contention about getting daily exercise. Obviously getting some exercise each day is better than getting none at all.
Here are some quick and easy ways to add more physical activity to your daily routine.
Jump Start Your Motor in the Morning
As soon as you get out of bed, begin your day with 10 to 15 minutes of some form of exercise. This could include push ups, squats, yoga, leg lifts, etc. Add a brief stretching session as well.
If you get into the habit of starting your day with this routine, you will feel more refreshed and alert. You will also get some much needed exercise in your life.
In addition, try to go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. When you get into this routine, your body will naturally fall asleep faster and wake up easier. You will get more rest this way which is important for your overall health.
Park and Walk
Instead of wedging your car into parking spaces that are closest to the front door, use the empty spaces that are further away. It doesn’t take that much more time to walk to the store or building from the edge of the parking lot.
Walking is a good form of exercise and getting a few hundred more steps each day can do a lot of good for your health. As long as you’re walking, be sure to use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. You would be amazed at the amount of exercise you can get during a shopping trip.
If you use an exercise machine like a treadmill or elliptical trainer at home, try to use those only when it is not possible to exercise outside. Always try to get fresh air when exercising.
Do Your Chores
Doing chores around the house both inside and outside is a great way to keep active. If you set one day aside to do all of your cleaning or yard work chores, try spacing them out throughout the week.
Most household chores require a lot of moving, bending, and lifting. Try doing one or two chores each day making sure that each day’s chore requires a significant amount of movement.
Assess your errands and determine which places are close enough for you to walk. If you need to make a quick trip to the store for a few things, walk instead of drive. This way you get some exercise and refrain from purchasing more than you need because you are walking and won’t want to carry a lot of bags.
Getting some daily exercise is easy. With a little planning and effort, you can get some exercise just doing things that you normally do each day anyway. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
You will begin to recognize numerous health benefits when you get in the habit of incorporating some form of physical activity into each day.