No Time For The Gym? Easy Ways To Keep Your Body Moving

No Time For The Gym? Easy Ways To Keep Your Body Moving

Most of us will admit to getting a membership in a gym that we never actually set foot in. We joined with the best of intentions. We planned on working out with friends, taking Pilates classes before work, and signing up for personal training sessions. We’d use the facilities so often, we imagined, that it would be more than worth the monthly fees…but, then, life got in the way.

Many of us simply don’t have time to get to the gym. With busy careers and schedules, families to take care of, kids to chauffeur to soccer or dance classes, and household chores that need to get done, it is easy to neglect our own health.

You don’t have to give up on being active just because you can’t get to the gym. Instead, find ways to exercise at home. Whether your goal includes weight loss, increasing stamina, or building strength, there are great ways to get in a workout without leaving the house.

Aerobic Exercises 

The American Heart Association recommends getting 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (or 75 minutes of strenuous aerobic exercise) each week. Most of us can commit to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, of aerobic exercise if we can don’t have to drive somewhere to get it done. What kinds of activity will help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke? Try some of the following activities in your home or around your neighborhood:

  • Jogging
  • Walking briskly
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Playing a sport, like basketball or soccer
  • Dancing

Aerobic exercise can help you lose weight, increase your stamina, manage chronic illness, and reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis. It can affect your mental health as well – getting out will keep your mind sharp and improve your mood, keeping depression and anxiety at bay.

Strength Training

It’s important to keep our muscles strong, especially as we age. Use light hand and ankle weights at home and try some of the following exercises to build muscle by using your own body resistance:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Push-ups
  • Planking
  • Crunches

Before starting any new workout routine, consult with your physician. Don’t forget to stretch and warm up before any more strenuous exercising, and drink lots of water.

Committing just 30 minutes a day to your physical and mental health can make a difference in your long-term wellness. Design a workout plan at home that you can stick to. Once you get into the habit of working out regularly, you will appreciate the extra energy it gives you during the rest of your busy day.