The problem with getting more exercise always seems to be that it takes so much time. Who has the time to go off somewhere for an hour a day? Perhaps you make a schedule with the best of intentions, and you stick to it for a week or two, and then you have to make an exception... and another one... and soon you're not exercising at all.
Well, guess what: you don't have to go off somewhere for an hour at a stretch. Ten minutes here and ten minutes there of even just moderate effort can add up to considerable health benefits - and make good habits that are easy to keep. You'll know you're getting reasonable, sustainable exercise if:
Here are some ways of adding exercise to your day:
Keep track of how much exercise you manage to squeeze in - you may be surprised at how easy it is to get 60 minutes every day. Need more time in order to fit in some more exercise? Try getting up 10 minutes earlier. Or watch less TV - much of the time, people watch TV just to fill time. Why not fill some of that time with exercise instead? You can improve your overall relaxation as well as your health by skipping just one sitcom in favour of a brisk walk or run.
And why not take part in some sports as well? Skiing, biking, swimming, or team sports such as hockey and soccer - you can burn off 80 calories in just 10 minutes, or work off the equivalent of a dozen pancakes or more in a day of skiing! Sports also have additional benefits: team sports can be fun for the social aspect as well as for the exercise, while individual sports can be a great way to get away from everything and de-stress. Just think about sports or other activities you haven't done in a few years that you used to enjoy doing - why not get into one or two of them again? Or why not try something new that you've always been curious about?
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