Exercise and Fitness Outside the Gym

Most people would like to pursue a lifestyle of exercise and fitness but profess to have no time to go to the gym. They may have long work hours or are busy taking care of children and chores at home. Regardless of your situation, no matter how busy you are, your body still needs the benefits of exercise. You don’t need to deprive yourself of a healthy life. You don’t have to go to the gym – burn your calories at home or in the office!

First of all, use your legs. Do you need to pick up milk at the store? Walk if you can, instead of using your car. In the office or mall, take the stairs whenever you can instead of taking the elevators or escalators. Park half a mile from the office or mall entrance and walk. This will do wonders for your heart and will just melt the extra pounds away.

At home, avoid the couch. You were not born a potato and do not have to act like one. Do chores standing up. Don’t sit or lie down unless you absolutely have to. Walk around the house, cleaning up and picking up after your children. Do lunges and stretches while doing the laundry. When you run out of chores, put some music on and dance. Better yet, dance with your kids to get them away from the television as well.

Make family time at home an active one. Make it a time for exercise and fitness. Instead of staying inside playing computer games or watching DVDs, why not go to the yard and throw around a Frisbee? Another trick is to get a dog and walk it around the neighborhood yourself. Studies show that having a pet is beneficial to your health in other ways. According to them petting a dog has been found to help relieve stress and improve relaxation.

In the office, make exercise and fitness a part of your routine by using the phone less and walking to the desks of people that you work with. It will burn calories and wake you up. Visiting your colleagues at their workstations instead of calling or emailing them is more personal and will enhance your relationships with them. Your requests will also be deemed more urgent if presented this way, rather than by phone, and your colleagues will be more likely to take your request seriously and act on it.

The most important thing you have to remember about exercise and fitness is to make it a part of your life, wherever you are. Even if you are stuck in the office working over time or at home with your family, there are ways to remain active and burn those calories. Integrating these activities into your daily routine will enrich your life and make it more fun and interesting. More importantly, you would be taking care of yourself, just as well as you are taking care of your office tasks and the people close to you.

Source by Kris Bickell

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