Fitness Tips to Use Outside the Gym
For many of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and craziness of life, which tends to get us focused on how fast we accomplish the items on our to-do lists. And as a result, we look for the fastest way to get in and out instead of making more conscious efforts to get some exercise, when out and about. We get home and sit on the couch to begin watching TV while eating bad foods. We look for ways to relax and do nothing. This is a major problem, since less than 20% of Americans get in their daily required amount of exercise.
As more and more information becomes available, we get lazier, which is a huge part of the problem. Our country has become so used to accomplishing tasks quickly that we have lost sight of how long and hard it can be to get into better shape. Weight loss and getting into shape is not a quick process. Losing 1-2 pounds a week is the right way to do things. This means it will take a lot of work and time, but becomes worth it in the long run when we are putting years back into our lives as we continue to get healthier.
Below are 10 tips you can use in your day to day routine, to help you improve your fitness outside of the gym:
Tip #1 – Park as far away from the stores, malls, restaurants and shops as possible.
The more steps the better.
Tip #2 – Take the stairs instead of using the escalators or elevators.
This will give your legs a great workout, depending on how many stairs you take.
Tip #3 – Don’t use drive thru’s for getting your orders; park and walk instead.
This idea is akin to tip #1 – the more steps, the better.
Tip #4 – While you’re standing in lines, do squats or lunges.
This is great for getting a light sweat and building some lower body strength.
Tip #5 – If you are buying just a couple of items, carry them instead of using a cart that you can push.
This is great for some grip strength and shoulder strength, plus it engages your core as you stand up straight.
Tip #6 – While you’re watching TV – every 10-15 minutes, do push-ups, core work, run in place or do any exercises that are challenging for you.
Build some strength while watching TV.
Tip #7 – Do sprint intervals 1-2 times a week for 30 minutes.
This is some full body toning.
Tip #8 – Incorporate some sort or sport activity into your life, on a weekly basis.
This will help you stay motivated to workout throughout the week; so you’re not the one that is in the worst shape on the team.
Tip #9 – Create a reward system for yourself.
Instead of having dessert or sweets, make that a reward for yourself after achieving a physical goal. This will help to keep you focused on your goals.
Tip #10 – This is a tip not too many will share but, start hanging out with people who make fitness a priority, as well. You will have a much easier path to success if you have others who will hold you accountable and help to push you.
Just like tip #9, this will help you stay focused on your goals, as it helps to have some friends pushing you, too.