Being conscious of our heath and how to improve various aspects of our lives have literally been plastered all over the internet, magazines and in stores. With busy schedules it can be a real struggle to get a full workout in, but here is the thing: being glued to an hour class or plan isn’t for everyone. So here are a few ways to help get you on the right track without all the fussiness of gym memberships.
Yes, put on your best walking sneakers and get to steppin'. Brisk walking around the block or up and down your street is an aerobic activity that can help with your cardiovascular health. If you're willing to take it up a notch, try mixing light jogging into your walks to surprise your body. Or if jogging isn’t your thing, grab a bike and cycle your way to a healthier heart. Riding a bike helps improve muscle strength, flexibility in your joints and it's an easy way to reduce stress.
Try Some Indoor Activities
If you live in an area where the weather can get bitterly cold, stay indoors to get your workout fix. One great exercise that is also fun and relaxing is swimming. Check your local YMCA to see if they have a pool, then jump in and do some laps. It’s an easy way to work out your entire body in one activity. And if that wasn’t enough, if you're recently recovering from an injury or have arthritis, swimming is a low-impact activity, so it's easy on the joints.
Taking it to the Next Level
Walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are all great activities to try, but if you're looking for something a little more low key, try yoga, tai chi or Pilates. These are soothing activities that can be done just about anywhere, in a group at a park or solo in your hotel room while traveling for work. The internet is filled with routines that range in skill levels from beginners to experts. Just fire up that smartphone and stream the workouts. Make sure you protect it with one of many iPhone, LG or Samsung Galaxy cases in case it falls over while you're in downward dog.
Why Should I?
If you're not motivated, quite simply, you're not likely to follow through. If you've finally reached the end of your rope, however, you'll find that the benefits are real and can have a lasting results. With the exercise of your choice you can gain muscle strength which helps support your bones, improved heart and lung function, flexibility in muscles and joints, as well as independence as you get into your golden years. And if that isn’t enough, how about a lower risk of hypertension and diabetes? Seems like a winning formula now doesn’t it?
Grab Some Friends
The great thing about all of these activities is the fact that you can do it with your friends and family members. Do tai chi with a buddy or take your grandkid out for a walk in their stroller for some bonding time. Simply by adding someone else into the exercise mix, you can elevate the fun factor ten fold, so get out there and enjoy the world while you improve your daily health.