Five Ways To Exercise Throughout Your Day
have to be training for a marathon to reap the benefits of daily
exercise, according to fitness expert Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise
CEO and President.
"Even mild activities, such as gardening and house cleaning, are capable of improving one's health," she says.
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regular physical
activity performed most days of the week reduces the risk of:
high blood pressure
Moderate exercise, meanwhile, is credited with:
reducing feelings of depression and anxiety
building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles and joints
improving the quality of life among older adults
promoting psychological well-being
Missett offers these five suggestions for making exercise a part of your day:
Walk, Walk. Before you grab your car keys and head to the corner store
for that gallon of milk — STOP! Why not walk? Ditto for the next
time you and your co-workers head to your favorite lunch spot three
blocks away. Slip a comfortable pair of shoes in your bag, and keep
your eyes open for any opportunity to get to your next destination
under your own power.
2. Who needs
a stair climber? Institute a self-imposed ban on elevator use. There's
nothing like climbing a few stories to raise your heart rate and
strengthen those legs!
3. Play with
your kids! Ride your bikes to the playground, play tag, swing on the
jungle gym. Kids benefit from physical activity as much as adults, and
it's a great way to spend time together.
4. Add a
10-minute stretch to your morning regimen. Flexibility improves your
range of motion, reduces the risk of injury and can be a wonderfully
refreshing way to start your day. After a warm shower, perform gentle
stretches for your legs, arms, neck and back.
your workouts ... and put it in writing! The best intentions to
exercise are often sidetracked if you don't set a specific time or
your exercise sessions as you would any other important appointment,"
suggests Missett. "After all, it's your health you're dealing with!"