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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Find Exercise Opportunities in Everyday Activities

       
If your engaged you are worrying about a ton of things to get done on your to-do list. One of them is probably how will you look in your wedding dress! Being a busy bride-to-be with so many tasks can make you wonder how you can get fitness in but there is always a way! Here are some tips below that will help you reach your goals even if you are not a bride-to-be.



  When you think about physical fitness, you probably have some pretty strong associations. You may think of early-morning yoga enthusiasts or lunch-hour joggers. Or maybe you think of the New Year’s Resolution crowd sweating on exercise machines in the gym, or even bodybuilders shouting and straining under huge weights.

            These are all certainly good fitness activities, and if you’re hoping that this article will tell you not to run or go to the gym, then you’re out of luck. But what this article will argue is that these are not the only way to exercise. You can find ways to get a little exercise at a time through everyday activities that you would never think of as “working out.” There are ways to make calorie burning and muscle building a seamless part of your day-to-day life! These methods work best when combined with a running schedule or gym membership, of course, but every little bit that you do will help you.

Walk!

            We mentioned yoga enthusiasts, joggers, and bodybuilders as fitness examples above, and each of those are associated with a particular type of exercise. But try to think for a moment of a group of people who you associate with physical fitness but not with any one particular type of exercise.
            You’re likely to think of urban dwellers or Europeans. There’s a reason that these people are stereotypically thinner than the rest of us, and it actually does have to do with one type of exercise that they’re all doing - though it’s not something we’d always think of as exercise. It’s walking.
            No, not “walking” in the sense of exercise, with the spandex and the iPod and the circular path around your neighborhood. Walking as a mode of transportation. These people are more likely to walk to the grocery store or the library. They walk to get around, and it becomes a normal part of their life. They walk at a comfortable pace. There are no fitness goals, just a simple destination.
            You can walk this way, too, though you may feel like you can’t. Even in car-dominated suburbs, there is likely at least one place you visit frequently that is less than a mile away. Do you drive to your neighbor’s home to visit? Why not walk instead? You can try longer trips, too. And you don’t have to walk the whole way - carry around the number of a taxi or car service. Call them when you’re tired or have them drive you halfway and drop you off. If that’s too extreme, just park further from the entrance of the store. Make walking a part of your daily routine, and you’ll be burning calories constantly.
            And if it’s really too far to walk? Maybe you should invest in a bicycle and double or triple your range.

I’ve got it!

            America is full of hard-working people. It’s a place where capitalism reigns and customer service is vital. So, as Americans, we enjoy a lot of opportunities to let other people do things for us.
            The taxi driver takes your bags and puts them in the trunk. The bellhop gets them from the trunk and carries them to your hotel room. Someone at your local farm and garden center will carry plants, soil, and other purchases to your car for you. Even grocery store employees will help you out.
            Here’s an idea: carry more things yourself. It builds muscle and burns calories. Walking while carrying something is a better workout than just walking. So find ways to slowly increase the amount of times that you volunteer to carry your own things. Maybe you don’t need to run out to your car and drop those bags off during your mall shopping trip (though, if you’ve parked your car far away, the extra walking will be nice!). Maybe you can handle your own groceries - on a smaller grocery store run, you may even be able to walk home with your bags in hand.

Fun, fun, fun

            Everyone has activities that they enjoy. And unless you’re solely interested in video games, you probably have at least one hobby that’s also exercise.
            Runners and tennis players know this, of course, but even more sedentary activities can include some exercise. You burn calories when you cast your fishing line, and you can burn more if you walk further down the river to a better spot, or move around a bit during the day. Choose to spend more days doing your favorite outdoor activity, and fewer inside eating food (and when you do go fishing, maybe bring fewer high-calorie beers).

            If you don’t have a calorie-burning hobby yet, consider getting one. It’s the most enjoyable way to sneak even more exercise into your daily life. If you’re attending dancing classes multiple times a week (and walking to the grocery store, and carrying your own bags), you may find that you get and stay thin without as many hard hours in the gym.





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