Diet and exercise are important partners in achieving/maintaining a healthy weight. But how much exercise, and how intense?
While resources like gyms are great for slimming down and bulking up, they are also expensive and require time, a solid block of time. This are difficult commitments for many people.
Below are suggestions on how you can build activity into your day so that you can burn fat and build muscle without a gym.
Walking For Convenience
The ancient philosopher Hypocrites wrote that walking is the best medicine. Consider setting a minimum radius by block for how far something needs to be for you to start the car. If it’s within, say, five blocks or so, just walk. Blocks are a big unit of measurement, but if you do go to the store, consider parking further from the entrance. Every little bit can make a difference.
Walking during breaks at work can burn some calories, even if it’s just around the office. It can also be a great way to help your circulation and give your eyes a rest if you have a desk job.
Walking For Pleasure
Walking doesn’t only have to be something that you do when you need something. Consider taking a few minutes at the beginning or end of your day to take a walk outside. It can be a great way to reset, either preparing you for the day ahead or wind down at the end of day.
Too many resources recommend getting a dog to encourage weight loss. It’s true that having a dog to walk can be great motivation but dogs also mean a huge commitment of time and energy. If getting a dog isn’t in the books right now, consider visiting the nearest animal shelter.
Many of these facilities will be more than happy to let you walk one of the dogs waiting to be adopted. As most of these facilities are under-funded, volunteers like you may be the only chance that the animals get to have their exercise too.
Biking Intermediate Distances
Getting a bicycle can be a great way to go intermediate distances, especially if you won’t need to carry anything back. In cities, bikes can be even faster than cars when you figure in traffic. They’re also cheaper to run. Different cities and towns have different rules on where you can ride a bike, however, so be sure to do some research before you take to the streets, bike-lanes or sidewalks.
They can also be a great all-terrain vehicle, if you find one with different gears. This is handy for rural towns that may have a paved down-town with some more difficult streets and back-roads. In cities, bikes without gears are often just as good.
Bikes prices range greatly, if you want a less expensive one consider checking second-hand stores, yard sales, and the local newspaper for used bikes. Keep in mind too that they can help to save on gas and parking fees, so a bike can pay itself off pretty quickly.
Hopefully this will encourage you to come up with a few ways to incorporate more movement into your everyday routine. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t also take some time out for exercising, especially exercises that build or maintain muscle, and stretching to keep you limber.