Add Exercise to Your Routine
Now that the weather is starting to get warmer (finally) it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite activity... exercise!
Now that you can’t use the cold weather as an excuse to not go outside, it’s time to get off that couch, turn off the TV, and start moving around. While exercise is a difficult habit to get into, one thing that can help is keeping in mind the benefits that you can get while exercising. Exercising can:
- Help control your weight
- Combat health conditions and diseases (such as high blood pressure and cholesterol)
- Improve your mood
- Boost your energy
- Promote better sleep
The best thing about exercise is that you don’t have to spend hours doing it to get these benefits. Fitting 30 minutes of exercise into your routine just 3 times a week can help. It’s important to remember that exercise doesn’t have to be just running. Just walking around the block after dinner or walking your dog is considered exercise. You also don’t have to do 30 minutes all at once. Breaking down your exercise routine into 3 segments that each last 10 minutes is okay!
“What if I don’t want to just walk? What if walking is boring to me?” you might ask. Well here are some ways to exercise that you might not have thought of.
- Playing Wii Fit or any video game that monitors your movement
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Play catch with your kids or friends
- Play Ping-Pong
- Clean up the house
There are a lot of opportunities to incorporate exercise throughout your daily routine. For example, if you are watching TV, you can do leg lifts during commercials. Or you can stash your remote away and every time you want to change a channel you can get up and walk to the TV to do it.
Remember, exercise is important, but so is your diet. Just because you burn some calories while exercising doesn’t mean its okay to eat a bunch of junk food because “I earned it”. It’s important to take baby steps too. If you decide you are going to start running, don’t expect to be able to run 5 miles on the first day. Build up to it. And don’t get discouraged! Any exercise is good exercise.
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