Here’s to One Less Excuse for Not Exercising .
We’ve all got a hundred good reasons not to exercise, but now there are only 99. A quick 10-minute workout can be as beneficial to your health as an hour at the gym, according to researchers at Boston University. The best part is, you don’t have to drop and give us 20. Something as simple as taking out the garbage, vacuuming the floor, taking a brisk walk can be enough to lower your weight and your cholesterol when compared to doing nothing at all.
Short 10-minute bursts of activity add up to more than you think. Something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the escalator or parking a few rows from the store can make a lot of difference in your day without feeling like you have to set aside an entire hour or more to go to the gym.
Quick workouts are realistic, according to AARP. They are more realistic than setting aside time, and sometimes a quick boost can give you the energy to do even more. The article also suggests you start in the morning, to build up that metabolism to carry you through the day.
Multiple studies have shown that a series of short workouts consistently showed that women were more likely to lose weight and to work out even more, according to Prevention magazine. The publication offers 25 quickie little exercises you can do throughout your day. For example, do standing pushups by leaning against your kitchen counter for the 8 minutes it takes your pasta to boil. Jog in place while the commercials are on. Or even do some leg lifts from the couch.
There’s no need for a formal gym visit or an hour-long commitment. Just grab your moments where and when you can. They’ll add up faster than you think.
Use items in your home to take the place of fancy equipment. Your bottom stair is a great way to do pushups, squats (feet on the floor, hands on the bottom step), side squats one foot on the floor, one on the first step, standing sideways and squatting) and even the traditional up and down the stairs climb, as seen on health.com.
If you want to get serious about it, you can always use soup cans as weights or a broom for squats and stretches. Get creative or keep it simple. There’s a lot of room for personalizing this into what works for you.
Look for even more ideas online and even examples on youtube.
Now that time is no longer an issue, look around. What can you do in your own home while you’re heating up your coffee or waiting for the laundry to dry?