We all want to exercise more. Unfortunately when you have a job which involves sitting in front of a desk, this can be challenging. Here I’m going to give you a few simple ways to exercise which will fit easily into your day.
Get up earlier
Okay, I know, we’re starting with a difficult one, but according to Laura Vanderkam ‘before the rest of the world is eating breakfast the most successful people have already scored daily victories that are advancing them towards the lives that they want’. One of the things they use this time for is to nurture themselves such as by doing exercise. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot earlier. Even just fifteen minutes would give you time to get your heart rate up. You could do a quick exercise routine from YouTube or take a short walk around the block. If you want some help with getting out of bed a little earlier check out this post.
Leave the car at home when you can
I know that this isn’t always possible, but if you think hard I’m sure that there are times when you could walk instead of drive. If it’s too far to walk how about cycling? You don’t have to do this every time, but if the weather’s good think twice before you reach for that car key.
Take the stairs when you can
Unless you live in a bungalow or are posh enough to have a lift in your house, we all use the stairs every day, but when we’re out and about and a lift presents itself, we are usually inclined to get into it. Lifts are often in front of us, whereas the stairs are frequently tucked away. Go and find them and walk up them. If you get tired on the way, stop and catch your breath. The more often you use them the easier it will get.
Do your own housework
It’s rare than I find someone that enjoys household chores, but if you think of them as your own personal gym, you might start to feel different about them. Cleaning can be very physical, particularly lugging a vacuum cleaner around or get up and down a ladder to clean windows.
Exercise whilst watching TV
We all seem to be able to find time to watch TV of an evening. I know that sometimes this is about being too tired to do anything else. Whilst I would advocate trying to watch a little less TV, when you do watch it how about a bit of multi-tasking and doing a little exercise such as some yoga, Pilates or even just some stretching. If you have a theraband or some weights why not leave them out near the TV so you’ll be reminded to do a bit of exercise next time you switch on the set.
Dig your garden
Gardening it a bit like housework outside, although often a lot more strenuous, particularly digging. There’s also raking and just generally bending and walking up and down the garden. I find that it’s much easier to do my 10,000 steps a day on weekends when I’m out in the garden.
a few lunges whilst cooking dinner
A few lunges or shoulder stretches with a theraband need only take five minutes. If you’re making a cup of tea or just keeping an eye on things whilst dinner’s cooking, why not do a short burst of exercise before your evening meal.
Hopefully that’s give you a few ideas to add some more movement to your day, something which we all need to do a bit more of.
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