Senior Mortgage Loan Originator
Alaska USA Mortgage Company NMLS Unique ID #204060
Phone: (907)796-1202 / fax 907-929-6711
Fax: WA Consumer Loan Co. License #CL-157293
License: Mortgage License #AK157293
Bringing Your Exercise Indoors
It's a vicious cycle. You get into shape for summer only to fall out of shape by the following spring. The holiday season has something to do with this ebb and flow, but there's more to the story than a short-lived increase in gatherings and gastronomy. Truth be told, wintertime weight gain is due in large part to a seasonal decrease in our daily exercise.
A reduction in exercise during the late fall and winter months is completely understandable. Aside from the increase of demands on our schedule, as well as a lesser amount of daylight, in climate weather serves as the perfect excuse to forgo our morning walk or weekend sports activities. That being said, it's time to lose the excuses and bring our exercise inside.
Joining a gym is never a bad idea, but for many reasons it's not for everybody. Setting up a home gym, complete with expensive equipment, is also a possibility. But once again, it's not for everyone. With you in mind, the troops at YOU Magazine have put together a variety of indoor workout ideas, sure to fit the stringiest of budgets and the busiest of schedules.
Climbing stairs is a great mini workout, burning about 40 calories every 5 minutes. Carrying items in your hands while performing this activity will burn even more calories. So, when there's a choice between taking the elevator or the stairs, opt for the latter. And whenever possible, make several trips up and down, as opposed to consolidating your errands into a single venture. This is one instance when inefficiency is rewarded.
Playing with your kids is another type of mini workout. Not only does it offer an opportunity to connect with family, but it also has the ability to maintain overall fitness. Anything from crawling on the ground, to playing a game of "hide and go seek” will burn calories. During the daytime, and if the weather permits, head outside for a game of "tag”, a truly awesome calorie burner.
Housework is also great for chewing up the calories. Chores such as scrubbing floors, vacuuming, and washing windows burn roughly 100 calories every 30 minutes. Imagine what a little more elbow grease could do for your home, and your physique.
It's Not a Stretch…
The purpose of our muscles is to protect our bones and move our bodies, so it is highly important that we keep them strong yet supple. Stretching is a way of accomplishing both objectives. Available to nearly everyone, stretching is also a method of burning calories. Believe it or not, you can burn between 150 and 200 calories for every hour of stretching you do. In addition, stretching helps to relieve many of the symptoms associated with stress.
The best part about stretching is that it can be done almost anywhere. From the floor of your living room while watching TV, to a hotel room, or even your office at work, there are no excuses for neglecting to stretch on a daily basis.
For most of us, ideas for different stretching exercises can be found in any number of books and websites that promote physical fitness. If you are under the regular care of a physician, we recommend that you ask him or her for suggestions about a stretching routing. You'd be surprised at the amount of literature made available by many general practitioners, chiropractors, and physical therapists.
A Workout that Costs Nothing
The following is a list of some great exercises that can be done individually, or strung together to form a great full-body workout. They cost nothing and can be performed in nearly every room of the house:
For all of these exercises, start with one or two sets of 10 to 20 repetitions. As you get stronger, increase the number of sets and repetitions, as well as decrease the amount of time spent resting between sets.
Workouts that Cost Just a Little
We'd like to leave you with two final thoughts. First, despite the indoor workout ideas set forth, whenever the weather permits you should head outdoors for your workout. Nothing beats the combination of moving your body and breathing fresh air.
Lastly, if you are unsure of your physical health or suffer from any pre-existing conditions, please consult your physician before embarking on any exercise routine. That being said, we'd like to wish you good luck in maintaining your fitness level during the winter months. Remember, summer is just around the corner.
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