How to Change Everyday Situations into Exercise

28 Nov

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In everyday life it can be very difficult to find time for regular exercise. How can you find time to exercise for thirty minutes a day when you have so much to do already? Now there is no excuses left. If you don’t find time to exercise then you can use everyday situations to stay on track. Remember that you can split that 30 minutes into more sessions which you might find more manageable.

Housework can get your heart pumping and increase your blood circulation. Turn your housework into exercise by putting more effort into them. Clean the house, wash the car, sweep the sidewalk or patio with a broom, gardening –  all those activities can increase your daily exercise activity.

Watching TV. You can stretch while watching TV, do push-ups, sit-ups or lift light weights while you watch.

Fidgeting is one form of physical exercise that makes the body burn more calories. All of that spontaneous physical activity – the wiggling, shifting and pacing actually burns calories.

Exercise in the morning. If you wake up twenty or thirty minutes earlier than usual, then you can squeeze in some sit ups, a brief walk, jog or some weight training into your daily routine.

Increase your physical activity. Try to use every situation that you can to increase your physical activity. Use the stairs instead of the elevator and park the car further away the entrance so that you have to walk further. Walk fast towards the entrance instead of slowly. Those extra steps counts.

Use your lunch hour. Perhaps you could take a few minutes walk during your lunch hour. Walking is great for the heart, it relieves stress and helps to manage weight gain. You will also feel more refreshed and content with yourself afterwards. This will increase your effort at work.

Playing with your children can burn calories. This will not only give you some quality time with your kids, this can also be a great way to exercise. You can take them for a bike ride in the park or play some games requiring physical activity, for example basketball or play tag with them in the yard or you can even play exercise video games.

It doesn’t matter which form of exercise you choose or if you do it in sessions or not. Just remember – a little is better than nothing.

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7 Responses to “How to Change Everyday Situations into Exercise”

  1. Jae November 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    All great suggestions! Thanks!

    • momsopinions November 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Thank you Jae, it’s inspiring to get such a positive response.

  2. Mariajose Ortega November 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice! I love the housework one. It can seem so dreading sometimes but if you put on some of your favorite music it changes your mood and everything. Also at work, if you work alone you can do the pushups, situps, squats and stretching.

    • momsopinions November 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      I agree music can be very inspiring, thanks for the tips.

  3. MudpiesandSunshine.com November 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Great post, I agree completely. Working outside, gardening, playing with my kids, walking or bike riding instead of taking the car are things I like to do to attain incidental exercise.

    • momsopinions November 30, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      That’s good advice to leave the car at home once in awhile and instead walk or use the bike. Thank you.

  4. adivasjourney December 1, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Reblogged this on adivasjourney's Blog.

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