Life is busy and many of us are bogged down to a desk most of the day. However, according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, physical activity should remain at the top of all women’s priorities list. Regular exercise is good for the mind, body, and soul. Here are a few creative ways to get you going:
Exercise in bursts. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that even three 10-minute walk each day will help keep your heart in tiptop shape. If you don’t like walking, find other activities that are fun such as playing basketball or biking around the neighborhood with your children.
Count your steps. FitBits are all the rage and for good reason. The small wearable pedometers will help you keep track of both your active and sedentary time and can help you and your friends get fit together through interactive fitness challenges, reports Marla Ahlgrimm.
Find an excuse to do more than necessary. Park 10 spots away from where you would normally, walk to lunch, or make multiple trips to and from the laundry room. If the weather is nice, work outside. Pressure wash the driveway, pull weeds, our move the patio furniture around. Marla Ahlgrimm says that finding things to do around the house will not only increase your physical activity but give you a sense of satisfaction, too.
Go social. There is something about doing things with friends that eliminates the exertion of exercise. Marla Ahlgrimm recommends joining a gym or taking a dance or fitness class with your closest friends or family. You can also take advantage of the sights and sounds of your city by becoming a tourist in your hometown. Skip the bus tours and travel your town by foot.
Whatever your preferred method of exercise, it’s paramount to your overall physical health to receive at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.