Ways to exercise without really trying
Wish you didn’t have those extra pounds but can’t stand the thought of going to the gym or following a particular routine? These five simple steps will make exercise part of your routine.
ALWAYS TAKE THE STAIRS
Simple, and yet so easy to avoid. It is so easy to justify why climbing those stairs isn’t necessary… maybe because you have had a long day at work or you’ve probably got a heavy bag, or… well because walking down really doesn’t burn any calories.. So why bother right?
But what you don’t know is that even the slightest of body movements can help- just how? It encourages calories to convert in muscle than actual body fat – so even a minute of marching down those stairs can help.
WALK A BIT LONGER
I am sure you’ve heard this more than once before – but it’s worth looking at the numbers just to see how much of a difference it can make. In a 2012 study, a group of participants were made to run a mile and they managed to lose 112 calories and the other group was made to walk a mile and they lost 88 calories. Yes! Running helps you a little more maybe but then you probably feel like you ‘deserve’ a treat and then goes the a Starbucks muffin (445 calories). But walking is just walking, you’ll just need to get up a little earlier than usual and walk to station rather than taking the bus. You not only get your exercise but you also save a few bucks.
STAND UP MORE
Sitting down rarely helps – it probably just makes you feel lazier than you already are. When your seating, your body is in neutral and therefore constricts circulations and slows metabolism.
This might help… standing burn 1.36 more calories than sitting does. If you’re really serious those small amounts matter.
SIT ON THE FLOOR AND WATCH TV
You got that right! Yes, like a child… It helps! We get so comfortable on our sofas, we don’t move for hours, but if you sit on the floor before you know it you’ll be stretching and wriggling all over all this after first 15 minutes keeping your body online.
STOP GOING THROUGH DAY WITH MINIMUM OR NO PHYSICAL EFFORT
Tough love time: this might do the trick. Our society has done a good job of teaching how to put the least amount of effort into things, but this should not be the case when it comes to physical activity. Exercise does not require a change of clothes and a warm-up – after all, you wouldn’t do either of those things if you had to run away from a mugger. Move a bit more, and soon it will become natural.
Picture: Thomas Hawk