For so many of us, the idea of working out corresponds with going to the gym. The Harvard Health Letter wants us to put an end to that way of thinking and try adding a few simple ways get your heart pumping without stepping foot on a treadmill. Some of the suggestions are things that a lot of us already do — hopefully — but there are also a few new ideas I'd love to add to my day. They are:
- Take the faraway spot. Walking from the farthest corner of the parking lot will burn a few calories. If it's a parking garage, head for the roof and use the stairs.
- Get into the swing of it. Swinging your arms when you walk will help you reach the brisk pace of 3 to 4 miles per hour that is the most healthful.
- Be part of the fun. Adults shouldn't miss a chance to jump into the fray if kids are playing on a playground or splashing around in the water. Playing along will strengthen muscles and bones and set a good example.
There are many more great, easy ideas so
- Clean house. Even if you have a cleaning service, you can take responsibility for vacuuming a couple of rooms yourself. Fifteen minutes burns around 80 calories.
- Adopt someone as your walking, jogging, or biking buddy . . . Adding a social element to exercise helps many people stick with it.
- . . . even a buddy with four legs. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more exercise than the canineless.
- Be a stair master. Taking the stairs is good for your legs, knees, and cardiovascular system. Don't overdo; take one flight at a time.
If you're already using these tricks then bravo! Let this serve as a friendly reminder to keep up the good work. Which tips do you already do and are they working for you? Share with us below.