If you want to be healthy, it is important to be active; however, our society is designed to encourage a sedentary lifestyle. It is very hard, if not impossible to go from couch potato to fitness maven in one easy step. If you attempt to do too much at once, you may very well hurt yourself or become ill. It is far better to pursue fitness one step at a time. In this article, we will show you just how to do that. Read on to learn more.
Plan what you watch on television. Do not just walk in the door, turn on the TV and zone out. Look at the TV schedules and plan on specific programs to watch. While watching, do not just sit idly by. Do some stretching, use light weights for a gentle workout, use a pedalcizer to exercise your legs and so forth. Avoid just collapsing on the sofa to be hypnotized.
Always park your car at least a block away from your destination. Instead of waiting impatiently or wasting gas circling until your favorite parking spot by the door is open, park quickly and efficiently (and possibly under a shade tree) at a good distance from the door. In this way, you will get a mini walk as you head into work or the store.
Once inside, walk up and down stairs instead of riding the elevator or escalator. Stair climbing is excellent exercise and good way to strengthen your gluteus maximus. Take advantage of it every chance you get.
Choose to ride your bicycle, walk or take public transportation. You will save money and increase your fitness level. On top of that, you will be doing your part to reduce carbon emissions and clean up the environment.
Choose walking over sitting and socializing when taking breaks at work. Use those few minutes to walk around inside the building or go out and get a little fresh air and sunshine. Ten to fifteen minutes of walking once or twice a day will really add up to some good fitness benefits over time.
Keep a set of light dumbbells at various places in your home so that you can pick them up and use them while talking on the phone, waiting for the microwave to finish radiating your food or doing other tasks. When using the blender, do some squats. While bathing, practice a little yoga. There are lots of ways to build a little exercise into everything you do.
Add formal exercise into your schedule. Choose to take a walk after dinner every day. Do a 15 minute workout using a video before you begin watching TV or doing other sedentary activities. Add a few minutes of stretching or yoga to your morning routine and again before going to bed at night. Take a dance or aerobics class two or three times a week.
By adding fitness interludes to various aspects of each and every day, you can gradually change your habits to create a naturally active lifestyle. You may think these small changes will not make a difference; however, when practiced consistently, small changes add up to a lot more improvement and benefit than occasional lengthy workouts. Follow the tips presented here to get fit for life.