Making Time For Exercise Is Easy
By now you know that exercise is good
for you, and that you should do something on a regular basis. What's the best
time for you to exercise? Anytime. Honestly.
For example, when you're sitting and
watching TV, stretch your muscles. Never stretch so hard it hurts. Rather,
stretch to the point of mild tension and hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.
A healthy exercise program includes
three kinds of exercise: aerobic activity, muscular strengthening and
flexibility exercise. You can start your exercise program without investing in
any elaborate equipment. For example, you can do simple exercises at home or at
your desk at work, including sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups.
For basic body weight exercises,
weight-lifting equipment isn't required. Head for the kitchen and pick up the
soup cans you have in the cupboard.
Aerobic activity can be fun
Aerobic activity is defined as
prolonged continuous movement of large muscle groups. Translated, that means do
something that keeps you moving. Ideally, do it for 20 minutes straight. If you
don't have that much time, two 10-minute aerobic activity sessions will benefit
you almost as much.
The good thing about aerobic activity
is that it includes many of the sports you probably already enjoy. Walking,
biking, hiking, dancing, swimming, even basketball are all examples of aerobic
Another good thing is that you can
easily accomplish those two 10-minute sessions with things like taking the
stairs instead of the elevator, walking around the neighborhood after work or
parking your car farther away.
You could even turn shopping into an
aerobic activity. Shopping is walking, so don't stop for 10 minutes straight and
you've worked in one of your daily sessions! Check with your local mall for mall
walker programs, and you'll have company.
Aerobic exercise is definitely good for
cardiovascular health and fitness. And here's something else you'll like:
Aerobic activity can help you lose weight.
Plenty of good exercise all around
If you do housework or yard work,
you're doing yourself a favor. The stretching and lifting housework entails is
good exercise. So is work you do outside. Yard work uses many muscle groups,
especially activities like planting and working in the garden.
Raking uses your arm and back muscles.
Digging gives your arms and legs a workout. And gardening provides a bonus:
You'll have more fresh vegetables and fruits to add to your diet.
Is one time better than another to
It's really up to you. You can exercise
in the morning, afternoon or evening. Lunch breaks offer an excellent
opportunity to get out of the office and exercise. Use your coffee break to take
a short walk around the office. Get rid of the day's stress by fitting in an
exercise session after work.
Whatever time you choose, make sure you
stick with it. For some people, it's easier to stay with an exercise program
when you do it with a friend or co-worker.
Make time to stay healthy
Exercise is one of the best things you
can do for yourself. If you're basically healthy, get going right now. If you're
40+ or have any health problems, consult your physician first.