Spring is a great time to initiate an exercise program if you’ve been sedentary all winter. A small change in your activity level each day can yield big results for your health. Start with the suggestions below and you’ll see a little goes a long way…..
With gas prices sky high, now is a great time to get on the leather-foot express. Leave the car home and skip the bus. Walking is an activity accessible to everyone. You can do it anywhere, anytime and it doesn’t cost anything. A brisk stroll to a friend’s house can increase the health of your heart and boost your spirits. Just 30 minutes a day can have a significant impact on weight loss and blood lipid profiles. Can’t fit in a half hour? You can gain the same health benefits in three 10 minute walking intervals. It’s the cumulative amount that counts.
Get Up from Your Chair
Next time you get up from that chair – sit down and do it again! In fact, do it 15 more times. Body squats are one of the best lower body exercises you can perform. Building muscle and strength in your legs will improve your physical stamina. Fit in a few sets throughout the day when you get up from a sofa, desk, or chair. Everyone has a minute to spare and it takes less than that to perform a set of 20.
Grab your kids and join them in some unstructured playtime. Hike a local park, jump rope, or play hopscotch. No kids of your own? Find some big kids to play with by joining an adult sports league. Most leagues charge a nominal fee and will help find a sport that fits your personality. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and network in addition to getting into shape. Participating regularly in any sports activity will increase muscle strength and endurance. Check out ZogSports.com to find a team in your area.