We are ALL busy people: no matter who you are, we all share at least one thing: we only have 24 hours in a day. Most of us also spend the majority of our day sitting in front of an electronic device or in a car, which makes it even more important for us to carve out time for fitness. Check out today`s guest post by Brooke Chaplan for a ton of quick and easy exercises!
With the trends in healthcare, many experts have developed plans for a plethora of fitness levels. These plans usually require a nominal amount of time on a regular basis, but there are some exercises that can be done anywhere and at any time. This translates into increased energy and cognitive ability, as well as contributing to restful sleep.
Quick and Easy Exercises
Here are several exercises that have the potential to boost well-being. No equipment or gym membership is needed, just your body in motion. The number of repetitions is up to you. However, start with 5 to 10 and work your way up to the point where you can feel a change in heart rate. Then, keep it up. They can be used starting today.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator every time.
- Park at the farthest point to the building you are visiting and walk.
- Pace during your favorite show.
- Sit on the edge of the bed or a chair, and raise your upper body with your hands.
- While sitting, perform leg lifts.
- Squeeze your gluts and abs when standing, and while sitting squeeze the abs.
- Stand 12” to 24” from any wall; place your hands flat on the surface and lean in keeping your back straight.
- Do squats or even a modified version with hands on hips and the feet 12” to 24” inches apart.
- Pump your arms in the air. Use variations of this in different directions.
- Put your hands on your hips, and do upper body twists.
- Jump up and down with your hands to your side. For a bit of cardio, include your arms for jumping jacks.
- Dance like nobody is watching.
These suggestions can be used solo, or in combination as a way to kick-start a new fitness routine. The recommendation is to dedicate 30 minutes, 3 times per week, but it does not have to be all at one time. These exercises can be done throughout your busy schedule with the flexibility that you dictate.
Exercising should be done whether you have set aside a block of time, or try to do it continuously. The benefits include improving heart health and posture, increasing flexibility, and according an Ivein treatment center in Provo Utah (http://www.ivein.com/), if you stand for a majority of the day, keeping your legs in motion can cut down on varicose veins. This way you can avoid getting vein surgery in Utah, or a cholesterol test in the long run.
This format keeps the body in a constant state of exercising without your busy schedule missing a beat. Once this habit has some form of regularity, begin to capture the time spent for each. Challenge yourself to commit to a full week. You should begin soon to feel like your younger self again!
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Oooo… one of my favourite quick and easy move is a chest stretch: combat the effects of poor posture from sitting too long as ,you squeeze the shoulder blades together (use/strengthen the unused muscles while stretching overused/tight muscles). What`s your favourite quick and easy exercise?