Keeping fit without much effort

SilentWriter By SilentWriter, 17th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Exercise & Fitness

Do you struggle to keep fit? Here's some handy tips for you.

Keeping Fit- Easy!

Housework

You would be suprised how many calories you can burn by doing simple housework. Hoovering can burn a lot, as well as ironing and dusting. Not only will this have you looking and feeling fit, but it will also have your house looking spick and span in no time.
Stairs

Have you ever counted the amount of times you choose to travel in a lift or on an escalator instead of using the stairs.. even when your journey is only up one floor? You can burn a lot more calories by using the stairs instead of lifts. This way, you’re not going out of your way, as you would always be there anyway, you’re just making a little more effort.

If you live in a house with stairs (not a bungalow) maybe you could try going up and down the stairs a couple more times per day. It only takes a couple of seconds, but will leave you feeling a little fitter after a couple of weeks.
Walking

Do you travel on the bus a lot? If you do, then all you have to do is walk to a stop further than you would normally to catch it, and get off the stop before the one you normally get off at. Just by walking this little bit further, you can burn more calories than you usually would. If you have a car, you may be using it for journeys that you really don’t need to. If you go to local shops, you might find that you could actually walk instead, therefore getting a little more exercise.

If you have a personal music player, you could make a playlist of your favourite music and take yourself out for a nice relaxing walk. If you have some music to listen to, you won’t even notice how long you’ve been walking for!
TV/DVD/Music

Do you use remote controls to make life easier? Don’t. If you stop using remote controls and turn the channel over at the TV itself, you could burn a couple of extra calories just by doing that. Think about it, you would be walking a lot more if you had to cross the room whenever you wanted to change the channel on your television set!
At Work

Do you work in an office? If you do, you could do little things at work to help you to keep fit. If you keep a bottle of water on your desk, you could use it as a weight, which you could lift up and down whilst talking on the phone.

Do you ever snack at work? If so, then maybe you could make the snacks a little heathier. Fruit is tasty, and may help your brain perform a lot better than chocolate or crisps would.
If you have breaks at work, do you spend them in a staff room? You could go for a walk instead, either outside or failing that around the corridors. A lot of time is wasted by people at work just sitting around doing nothing, when you could be using the time to burn the calories!
Actual Exercise

Okay, so I’ve told you about all of the little things you can do in life to help you to get a little fitter, but if you’re feeling even more ambitious, you could do something a little more strenous.

If you’re thinking about joining a gym, I would advise that you don’t unless you have the time to go everyday. Unless you can do this, it’s hardly worth the money. You can buy professional exercise equipment for a couple of hundred pounds per piece, which works out eventually a lot cheaper than a gym membership, as you don’t even have to travel to get there!
A good starter piece of equipment is a jogging trampoline. You can use this whilst watching the television, or whilst listening to music. Even 10-15 minutes of exercise per day on this can help you to burn extra calories, leaving you feeling much better about yourself.
The only two other pieces of equipment which I would recommend are an exercise bike and a treadmill. This means that you can jog and ride, which are two major aspects of exercise. If you were to join a gym, it would be this equipmentwhich you would probably use the most. If you are male, you may wish to invest in some weights as well, but this is not completely necessary as long as you put the effort in with the other pieces of equipment.
Diet

Although this article is mainly about exercise, you can make little tiny changes to your diet, and still not really feel as though you’re making too much of a change. Do you have cereal in the morning? If you do, just have a little less cereal, or a little less milk. A little cut back is better than nothing, and you’ll soon notice the benefits.
You should also try to buy low fat versions of products. That way, you’ll still be able to eat the foods you enjoy, but not consume quite as many calories whilst doing it!

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