Got some time at home/ around your estate? Thinking of burning some calories and working out? Why not try a simple workout with just zero or minimal equipments needed. One mistake many people make when starting a home workout is to not make a plan in advance. They buy expensive equipment which they really do not need, or believe that they must do certain kinds of exercises which they truly dislike. We like to follow popular culture or just to search for a 10 minute workout that will give us the abs we always wanted. We try and try, we keep up with the pace and workout just for a session or two, then we regress to where we first started, why?
Because we are looking for a quick fix, for a solution that would fit our limited time to keep fit. While looking around for some examples, here are 4 Ways to Stay Fit that will resonate with all of us on a daily basis when there is no time to exercise. You may not have time to head to the gym, but you can still be physically active to boost your metabolism by using a bit of creativity in planning your day.
Here are 4 Ways To Stay Fit…
#1 Get HouseHold Chores Done
I believe all of us have some form of household chores that we beget each day. Take this as a way to keep fit. Get into some vigorous sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. Raise the heart rate, if you have a heart rate monitor, do keep track if it, raise it to about 130-140 BPM. These types of housekeeping chores can burn a significant number of calories.
#2 Move Those Legs Up The Stairs/ Slope
We’ve all heard the benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Everything you’ve heard is true. The vigorous and continuous movement of your legs and hips results in deeper breathing and increases your heartbeat, which enhances blood flow to all areas of your body. Harvard Medical School reports that stair climbing is an effective way to lose weight and keep it off, since people who walk up stairs, even at a slower pace, burn calories three times faster than when walking at a faster speed on a normal surface. A workout on the stairs also provides maximum challenge for people who already maintain good fitness. Sometimes, I take a simple weighted object at home to bring it along with me, this will create the resistance moving against gravity to increase the difficulty, it has helped me to vary the intensity and to improvise along the way.
#3 Yes, Have A Break And Get Moving
As your break is part of the time set to head to the restroom, for your meals or just to have a breather. If you are in a sedentary desk job, take your breaks outdoors and have a brisk, short walk. You’ll also improve your concentration and mood. This also prevents cognitive decline. It’s unpleasant, but it’s true — as we get older, our brains get a little… hazy. As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the noggin actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t “cure” Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45 . Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
#4 Have Some “Me” Time
Get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the family and use this time for a run, a walk, or some stretching and yoga. A good way to do some strengthening work and to burn some calories in the comfort of your home/work place is to workout using a Yoga Exercise Ball/ Stability Ball. Some exercises include:
- Overhead Ball Squat / Hamstring Curl/ Side Obliques Hold/ Balance Push Ups/ Back Extensions/ Knee Tucks.
Combining these 4 areas of a quick workout anywhere you are will indeed help to elevate your heart beat, move your body and increase the flexibility in your muscles, joints to ensure a quick calorie burn even if you just have 10-15mins a day. Try it out for 2x a week and see how you feel with getting it as a part of your daily activity and life style.