Tips on How to Exercise at Home
been endorsed by every major health organization in the U.S. as one of the most
beneficial things you can do for your body. A half hour of moderate physical activity
a day is the key to better health, experts say. The best diet in the world can
only go so far in helping weight loss. To really see the effects of changing your
eating habits (in having a tighter belt, that is), you need to rev up your body
with physical exercise.
why does the word "exercise" bring a collective groan to dieters around
the world? Maybe it's our mistaken impression that exercise is a chore, and a
tedious, painful one at that. Here are 10 ways to exercise that should get rid
of that impression once and for all, and make exercise something you can look
a walk through/around/in a favorite place. A half hour of moderately paced walking
will burn 450 calories - and make you feel great. Make sure you're wearing comfortable
shoes, and pick a venue you enjoy. Try a walk around the lake, up and down the
block or around the mal if that's your thingl - your body doesn't know the difference.
out and play a game of tag with your children. Making exercise a family activity
turns it into a fun time that you share with them. Besides being good for your
body, you're instilling good habits in the kids, and creating happy memories that
will stay with them for life.
swimming. An annual membership at the local YMCA or YWCA is fairly inexpensive,
and many have 'scholarships' and financial aid available. Swimming is great exercise
- it's aerobic, low stress on your joints, and a lot of fun.
an exercise class and turn exercise into a social activity. Besides making friends,
you're more likely to exercise if you're paying for it.
an exercise buddy. It's partly the same principle as joining a class - turn exercise
into a social event. In addition to that, making a commitment to a friend for
a daily exercise date will make it far more likely that you'll keep at it.
ball. If your company has a sports team, like a softball team, join up. Or join
a bowling league, volleyball team or other sports group that practices and meets
a trampoline. Mini-trampolines or rebounders are easy to set up, store in small
spaces and provide a stress-free surface on which to bounce, dance and have a
lot of fun.
for a bike ride. Even leisurely bike-riding burns calories and exercises muscles
that aren't used in regular walking. No need for an exercise 'routine' -- just
ride your bike to the store, or back and forth to work each day.
up a new active hobby. Would you believe that gardening is exercise? Bending and
stretching and digging and weeding - believe it or not, but half an hour of energetic
work in your garden burns more calories than a brisk walk.
yourself. If you're the kind of person who thrives on competition, make a personal
challenge to meet a new goal each week. Walk one more block. Do six more sit-ups.
Take the stairs each day instead of the elevator. Goal-setting to meet challenges
is a great way to commit to exercise.
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