It is recommended that we get busy for about 30 minutes each day to maintain or improve overall health. Even more is required if weight loss is desired! With today’s go-go-go mentality it can be overwhelming to get in just the minimum. Lucky for those of us with a busy schedule, it has been shown that even 10 minute bouts of physical activity can be beneficial in helping us live a healthier lifestyle. Do what you can, and you will be more likely to stick to it! Looking for clever ways to sneak physical activity in your day, even between an intense round of bingo on Cheekybingo.com? Check out the following tips.
When you wake up: Try 5 to 10 minutes of jumping jacks. A 150-pound woman can burn 90 calories in one 10-minute session.
When you grab the morning paper: Take a brisk, 5 minute power walk up the street in one direction and back in the other.
When you need to “go”: If your home has more than one level, use the bathroom on the floor above or below you to incorporate stair-climbing into your day.
When you are at the office: Take a few flights of stairs, walk to get lunch, or stroll around the building or parking lot.
When you are cooking dinner: Do standing push-ups while you wait for a pot to boil. Stand about an arm’s length from the kitchen counter, and push your arms against the counter.
After dinner: Take this time to catch up with your children or significant other while taking a brisk evening walk.
While you are watching TV: Keep light weight dumbbells handy for a few reps or get in some lunges/squats.
When you go to bed: Spend 5-10 minutes in bed doing a few stretches that will help you sleep and unwind from the day. The basics (legs, arms, chest and back) will stretch most of your body and will improve your flexibility within the first week.
Other Tips to Get You Moving
Enjoy a new book on audio and listen while you walk. You’ll walk farther to hear more of the story, and you’ll look forward to tomorrow’s walk.
Explore trails or streets in a new neighborhood. A change in scenery helps keep your routine fresh.
Rather than meeting a friend for dinner or coffee, ask them to join you for a game of tennis, in-door rock-climbing or bowling.
Keep a pair of sneakers nearby at all times so you’re always ready for activity. Stow a pair in your car or your desk at work as well as at home.