We’ve all been taught from a young age to t in a little regular exercise. You know it’s good for you, but when your day gets busy, it’s too easy to skip. When you get out of the daily habit, it’s hard to pick it back up. It’s true, there are real road blocks to exercising, and lack of time is just one of them. But you can get through these road blocks and fit exercise into your day – at home or at the office.
Three main ways to exercise
A well-balanced exercise program has three parts, including aerobic activity, resistance training and flexibility exercise. Try to add a little of each to your exercise routine.
Aerobic activity uses your large muscles and causes your body to use more oxygen. This kind of exercise is good for the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Brisk walking, jogging or running, and playing basketball are types of aerobic activities.
Resistance training, also called strength training, arms your muscles and makes them stronger. It also helps your balance and movement. Resistance training involves lunges, chest presses and bicep curls.
Flexibility exercises stretch and lengthen your muscles. They also help keep your joints limber. Yoga is just one way to stay flexible.
Working out at home
You don’t need much to make a workout spot in your home – just some oor space and a few items. Here are a few tips:
For strength training: Use a set of lightweight dumbbells or resistance bands. You can also use bottled water or heavy cans.
For resistance training: You don’t need extra things to do exercises like pushups and crunches – just yourself. Try changing up your routine. Watch DVDs from the library that you trade in weekly. Or use light hand weights to work out while you’re watching TV or chatting on the phone.
For aerobic activity: Try walking, jogging, running, riding a bike, playing tennis, swimming laps or playing basketball. What do you enjoy? If you like what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep it up.
It’s easy to work out anywhere at home. You might even and yourself exercising while doing everyday household tasks, such as:
Washing and waxing a car
Washing windows or floors
Pushing a stroller
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