Today’s busy lifestyles often mean that many of us find it difficult to set aside enough time for exercise as a way to keep fit and improve our health and wellbeing. As such plenty of gym memberships go unused while any home gym equipment bought with the best of intentions sits neglected in a corner somewhere collecting dust. But getting benefits from exercise is easier than we often think and once you start incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle you may end up wondering how you ever did without it!
Here are 6 suggestions to help you incorporate exercise into your life more easily
- Walking More
A good way to incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle is by simply walking more. Modern day living convenience means we can easily drive, catch a train, bus or Uber and not have to walk anywhere. However, walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase your exercise as it can involve simple things such as taking the stairs more often or avoiding taxis and walking some of your shorter journeys.
- Jogging and Running
A similar free and readily accessible form of exercise similar to walking is jogging and running. Admittedly running or jogging may need you to set aside some time for it but the fact that it makes more demands on your body than walking make it a compelling activity to try and take up as a way to improve your fitness.
Better yet why not get a bike and take to cycling when going to work and the local shops or even further afield every once in while? Of course you should look after your safety first by ensuring you have adequate protection in the form of gloves, knee pads and good quality head protection for guaranteed safety in addition to decent high visibility accessories.
- Home Exercises
In addition to the above easy ways of incorporating exercise into your daily routine, there are even some you can do at home. Ideas include simple exercises that get the heart going such as jumping jacks, sit ups and press ups, yoga, squats and many other cardiovascular and fat burning activities.
Health organisations have found that swimming is actually the third most popular form of exercise next to walking or running and it’s easy to see why. No matter where you live, there is most likely to be public swimming baths near you with many open from the early hours of the morning till quite late in the evening. Swimming has the benefits of practically exercising all parts of your body as simply doing a few lengths lets you work most of your muscle groups.
And then comes dancing, a great way to add more exercise into your lifestyle, particularly if you love music too. Different types of dancing all vary in their skill requirements and technicality but most studios often offer classes for people of all abilities. Dancing not only helps to improve your fitness; it is also an aerobic exercise that has added benefits such as helping to improve your coordination and balance.
So there you have it, the six examples above show that it’s easier to add a bit more exercise into your lifestyle than most people think. Although it may take making minor changes to your lifestyle, the above and many others are quite simple to adopt while the benefits for your health and wellbeing make it all worth it!