5 simple tips for a healthier routine
our schedule is too crowded for an hour-long workout. You don’t want to pay for a gym membership. You can’t find an exercise you like.
Trust us: We understand. And fitness instructors have heard all these excuses—and more. But it’s not as hard to make exercise a part of your life as you think it is. In fact, you can get fit using what’s around you. A few simple tips will help get you started:
1. Use your body for resistance. Pushups, calf raises and lunges will always be go-to exercises, with the added benefit of being able to do them nearly anywhere. Just be mindful of good form to prevent injuries. Start with two sets of eight to 12 reps, adding more as you grow stronger.
2. Walk this way. It’s still exercise, even if you’re not huffing and puffing. Everything counts toward the recommended 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week, so even if you can walk only 10 minutes at a time, you’re making progress. Have an hour-long lunch break? Walk 10 to 20 minutes of it. Explore your neighborhood on foot. Join a mall walkers group.
3. Use the stairs. The stairs can be part of your exercise routine. For a strong cardio workout, walk up and down the stairs repeatedly. Start with a small number of repetitions, increasing them as you feel stronger. Use the steps for strengthening exercises like calf raises.
4. Make use of your furniture. Chair dips are a great exercise for working the triceps muscles and keeping your arms toned. Work up a sweat at home or in your office chair at the end of the work day.
5. Remember variety. A well-rounded exercise plan incorporates cardio and strength training, so switch it up. Do two to three days per week of strength training, rotating cardio on alternate days.
Fitness doesn’t have to be a pain if you make it part of your everyday life.