A Modern Twist on Old School Fitness
Getting Fit The Old Fashioned Way
Use your current daily activities to your advantage.
Turn the things you have to do into a source of exercise while you accomplish the tasks.
Take a manual approach!
Although it's convinient, avoid using the devices that will rob you of exercise at home.
Here are some small changes you can apply at home:
- Use a push mower instead of a riding mower or a lawn care service.
- When watching TV, avoid using the remote. Try changing the channels or volume by hand.
- Use chores to your advantage. Sweeping your sidewalk and scrubbing your floors serve as a form of physical activity.
- Go the extra distance! Use the furthest bathroom, especially if it's upstairs.
Try new ways of doing things!
Every small change that you can turn into a habit will make a difference.
- Make your surroundings exercise frindly. When doing brisk physical chores, play loud and upbeat music. Research shows that you'll work faster and burn more energy.
- Small bursts of activity, such as light gardening or leaf raking, can improve blood pressure and blood sugar control, and also put off depression.
- Declare war on labor-saving devices. Adopt a new mindset that helps you focus on avoiding tools that could cheat you out of simple physical activity.
- Avoid the elevator and use the stairs whenever possible.
- Take advantage of walking more! Park at the furthest corner of the parking lot so you can get your steps in.
When starting a new fitness program or increasing your level of exercise, be sure to check with your primary care physician.
Simple fitness activities are good for kids too! To learn more about easy and exciting ways to help your child become more physically active, we have an article
loaded with ideas they'll love.
Have Fun, Be Fit!