How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday
by: Jed Turner
With many of us having
sedentary jobs that demand little or no exercise at all,
finding time outside of our work environment for exercise has
become increasingly important. Lack of exercise is linked to
many conditions and illnesses, such as obesity, cancer,
diabetes, and heart disease.
Exercising sufficiently does not mean you need to become a
workout wonder at the gym, or that you need to jog five miles a
day. Exercise can be incorporated into your daily life so that
it feels a natural part of your life, and a natural part of who
you are. This article will show
you various ways in which to achieve this.
If you can, exercise out doors as far as possible. There are
two advantages of doing whatever you are doing outside. One
advantage is that it gives your body a chance rejuvenate in
fresh air and, hopefully, some sunshine. Secondly, a change of
scene helps keep you perked up and it is a break from remaining
cooped up all day long.
Try to collect some information about exercise, there are a lot
of things that you can do at home. Extensive research has been
done on exercise and plenty of this information is easily
You can try browsing the net or getting a book or two on how to
exercise at home. This information will be useful to you to
know how much you need to work out on each specific exercise in
order to burn off a desired number of calories.
A very important element of a lasting commitment to exercise is
motivation. It can help to have somebody exercise along with
you. Try to find someone who is committed, or else your own
interest might dwindle. One of the advantages of getting a
committed person to exercise with you is that it keeps you
going. There may be days when you feel just too lazy to crawl
out of bed in the mornings. On such days, the knowledge that
somebody is waiting for you is enough to slide out of bed. You
can also discuss your progress and fears with another person
and be a sympathetic listener to the other person as well. This
is a fine way of maintaining your motivation.
To start with, keep it gentle, and take one step at a time.
Stop when you are out of breath or when a certain part of your
body tells you that it has had enough. It's important not to
overdo it, in case you cause injury, or just find it so hard
going that you give up. Allow time for your body to respond to
your exercise routine, and increase the level of exercise that
you do very gradually.
Select an exercise pattern to suit your life style. All of us
have different life styles and professions so there is no sense
in trying to follow the book strictly. Try and follow an
exercise routine that is suitable for you. You have to
understand that even more important than the exercise itself is
sticking to it. So unless you choose something that can suit
your life style, you are not going to stick on to it.
Walking everywhere as much as possible is ideal. Choose to walk
rather than catch the bus. Choose to walk for an hour at
lunchtime rather than continuing to sit at your desk having a
sandwich - make sure you enjoy it, so if you can, walk in the
fresh air around a park, listen to the birds and enjoy watching
the activities of others who may be exercising around you.
Choose to walk rather than stand - pacing about, even in a
fairly meaningless way, can be very beneficial. If you are
thinking deeply about something, try pacing about, it will aid
in your thinking.
Try watching less TV. Usually doing something else other than
watching TV will involve more activity, whether it's catching
up on housework, doing a spot of gardening, or engaging in some
DIY. The sense of achievement you feel afterwards will be worth
more than any enjoyment you got from watching TV. What's more,
watching TV is linked to eating unnecessarily, and usually
unhealthily. Resolve to watch only say two or three of your
favourite programs, and the rest of the time switch it off, and
listen to some music or the radio instead.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
Elevators are one hell of a convenience particularly if you
have to go up or down some twenty floors. But elevators also
make us very lazy.
Don't feel any particular need to go running. Walking can be
just as beneficial. Fifteen minutes of brisk walking a day is
enough to keep fitness at a reasonable level, though half an
hour or more if you can is ideal. Try making a habit of going
for a walk after lunch, or after dinner. Or get out of bed just
half an hour earlier and enjoy the fresh morning air and the
quietness of being outside before breakfast.
The golden rule is to make it a habit to be as active as
possible. Avoid things that encourage you to be sedentary. Keep
doing your exercise for at least thirty days - this will help
habitualize your increased levels of activity, and help ensure
that you keep doing it. And the health benefits will last you a
(much increased) lifetime.
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