Easy, Fun Workouts
by Lynn Bode
A recent survey noted that two of the top ten reasons people don't workout
enough are "exercise boredom" and the "perception that exercise is too
difficult". Both of these objections are just myths based on bad information, or
previous bad experiences.
Fitting in workout time can be incredibly easy and even enjoyable. Below are
list of some of the easiest ways to workout and in some cases even have fun
while doing it.
1. Outdoor lawn work.
Such things as pushing a lawn mower, raking leaves and gardening are all
beneficial, low impact ways to burn some calories.
2. Table tennis (ping-pong).
If you are like most of us, you've probably played table tennis some time in
your life either battling a sibling or friend as a child or at a social party as
an adult. It keeps you on your feet and moving about so it ranks as an easy and
fun way to get in a little exercise.
3. Cleaning windows.
Raise your hand if your windows are less than "clear"! Sure, cleaning windows is
not the most fun activity but one that almost all of us need to do a few times a
year. Next time you dread the thought of window cleaning time, remember it's
another way to burn calories and work your upper body.
4. Stair climbing.
If you've got a flight of stairs in your home or nearby, then you have an
instant, inexpensive piece of fitness equipment. Simply walking up a flight of
stairs and back down (even at a slow pace), and repeating that sequence for just
5-10 minutes will give you a very effective workout.
5. Pass time efficiently.
Waiting for a pot to boil? Try some standing wall push-ups while you wait.
6. If you spend many weekends or evenings watching a child play a sport,
utilize that time for some of your own workout time.
Instead of plopping down in a chair for the duration, take a long walk around
the field several times or just small paces back and forth. Any movement is more
beneficial than sitting.
7. During television commercials, get down on the floor and alternate
doing sit-ups and leg lifts.
You'll be amazed at how many repetitions you can fit in during the commercials
of a half hour show.
8. Help others while you help yourself.
Sign-up for several charity fitness events throughout the year. This doesn't
have to be a strenuous race. There are many fun-walk events throughout the
country that let you even participate with family members. The event itself will
help you meet fitness objectives and if you spend some time training for it in
advance then you'll reap even more benefits.
Remember, you should always consult your physician before trying any new
Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing in
Internet-based fitness programs. She founded
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exercise programs that are custom designed for each
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