We’ve all been taught from a young age to fit in a little regular exercise. You know it’s good for both your body and your mind. 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.
Main ways to exercise
A well-balanced exercise program has three parts. Try to add a little of each to your exercise routine.
Aerobic activity uses your large muscle groups 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, firms your muscles and makes them stronger. It also helps your balance and movement. Resistance training involves moves like 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 workout in your home — just some floor space and a few items. Here are a few tips:
For strength training: Use a set of dumbbells, resistance bands, kettlebells or even your own body weight.
For resistance training: You don’t need equipment to do exercises like pushups and crunches — just yourself. Keep a focus on changing up your routine. For training ideas, search online for at-home workouts.
For aerobic activity: Try walking, jogging, running, riding a bike, playing tennis, swimming laps or playing basketball.
For turnkey workouts: Try an app like Sworkit, which lets you customize and play video workouts on your mobile device.
It’s easy to work out anywhere at home. You might even find yourself exercising while doing everyday household tasks, such as:
Washing and waxing a car
Vacuuming and cleaning
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