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Simple Exercises That Work

Updated on November 11, 2012

It's Your Look, You Decide

There are a lot of people who want to be healthy, lean, and beautiful. For many people that comes effortlessly. However most of us have to work a little bit harder for it. I did say work. That means no major plastic surgery every two months to have colossal amounts of fat removed from your body. Well if that is the route you prefer to take then I hope you have a big bank account and do not mind eventually looking like a plastic Barbie doll. Hmmm, okay some people like that look. However, it will catch up to you. Nothing at all unfavorable with nip and tucking, but I would imagine you have to follow some rules as well with that.

A successful way to get healthy is physical activity and eating a wholesome well balanced diet. Not just sometimes, but all the time. With cosmetic surgery you can change a few things here and there to make yourself look the way you want, exercising and eating right to maintain a healthy weight is another way to get the look you want. Keeping up with a program will help you maintain the look you desire.

Nobody said it was going to be easy. It doesn't have to be hard, you can include things in your daily routine to maximize your physical efforts. The idea is to move as much as possible throughout the day in a natural way. Dieting alone will not help you lose weight and keep it off. By adding extra steps, and movements throughout your daily routine you will be amazed by the number of calories you are burning.

And how energized you will feel by doing extra movements you did not think of doing previously. Nothing big, a few steps here and a few steps there. You will see a sizable difference a few changes in your routine can make, you will be amazed how easy it really is. Like I said, exercise without trying-well almost.

 

A quick jog
A quick jog
Swing a little
Swing a little
Run little doggie
Run little doggie
Move during the commercial breaks
Move during the commercial breaks

Ready, Set, Go!

There Are Several Ways You Can Easily Add More Activity Into Your Day, Follow These Simple Steps

1. When shopping, park your car farther away from the entrance. This adds a great many steps and burn those extra calories you want to get rid of. Walk a little faster. WALK!

2. When talking on the phone, walk around instead of sitting there watching the television. Get up, MOVE!

3. When checking your snail mail, walk to the end of the road, or circle the drive-way, walk up the side walk, take those extra steps. While your're at it, you might as well just go all the way around the block. GO!

4. When watching TV, get up during the commercials, do the dishes, tidy up, sweep the floor, pick a chore. Do it QUICK!

5. By-pass the drive-thru windows. If you must eat out, walk inside to get your food. Get out of your car, NOW!

6. Walk the kids to the bus stop. Even if they give you lip, tell them its for your own good. Get set, GO!

7. When taking the dog for a walk, go an extra ten minutes, the dog will love you for it. Or see if the little doggie wants to play a game of FETCH!

8. If you have stairs at home or work, make an effort to use them often. One , two, three, UP!

 

Try Even More

 If you are interested in kicking it up a bit, try some aerobic exercise.  Like dancing,  a mini-trampoline, stationary bicycle or a DVD.  If your new to exercising talk to your doctor about your limits and activity levels.  You do not want to hurt yourself,  and not be able to do anything but watch the aerobic DVD with the dog and a big bad bowl of popcorn.
 
One suggestion for newcomers is a 5-10 minute intervals of aerobic activity at a time. When you feel stronger you can move onto 15-20 minutes intervals, and so on. Always build up slowly to prevent an injury.  A warm up of light stretching and a cool down is also  highly recommended.
 
A good start-up level of aerobic exercise is two hours per week of moderate activity such as walking or bicycling.  Using a DVD is always an excellent choice if you prefer the comfort of your own home.  Because believe it or not some people just do not like going outside to exercise. They prefer to do it in the comfort of their home. So if you have an extra room you might want to make a little workout room for yourself. With a pleasingly lit area, with mats and music. If you have no room at all,  just move some furniture around and make do.   I have a small space and use a mini trampoline and stretch bands. I bicycle outdoors in the summer and walk in the winter. I do my best to make it work.
 
Aerobic exercise is an exceptional cardiovascular activity. Benefiting conditions like heart disease, stroke, lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. You choose what activity is best.  Try  jumping rope, dancing,  or walking in place are good choices if you choose to stay indoors or go outside. Of course these activities might bother a downstairs neighbor if you live above  ground level.  Just remember, add the eight tips into your routine and you will be on your way.
 
Remember to stay hydrated during your activities.  It is important to consume at least eight glasses of water or other sugar free beverages. Your not always going to want to drink water, so go light on sugary drinks. Diet drinks in moderation because of the caffeine. It's up to you to choose. Water is good. They have many favored waters available if you desire a flavored taste.  I like a flavor in mine. Blackberry, or lime are my favorites.  Whatever you choose stay hydrated.
 
The key is, to slowly add more  activity into your life making it a normal ongoing process.  All the movement counts, so get out there and move, move, move it! And burn those calories. Go Go, Go!
 
 

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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you neelia_lyn for the encouragement.

    • neelia_lyn profile image

      Elaine PN 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi! I like your blog. Keep on posting!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Thats exactly right Eli, Making it all your own. That is what I have done with my trampoline. I have my own little workout, something different everyday. Plus I ride my bike everywhere. Instead of taking the car, I will ride my bike if possible.

      My 14 year old niece lives with me as well, and she is very weight conscious, she likes to do jumping jacks and walking, and dancing too. Thank you for commenting, You most definitely have the right idea! :)

    • eli grey profile image

      eli grey 

      8 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      Well, I'll be honest. i spent the past month since i stopped working watching my niece. I told her that at least three days a week if we're going to be home together, we'd have to be out of the house; at the park, library, or just a stroll around the neighborhood. She's not too keen on the idea and would rather sit inside all day and play.

      When I do find free time, I listen to music with the loudest, fastest, most intense beat i can and "dance" to it. it's the first step to getting myself in shape so i can run in the morning or the afternoon. I let my body flow to the beat of the music but in a benefical way; not just wailing my arms around like a monkey. lol. Does it work? When your moves follow a pattern and are done in reasonable intervals, yes. i feel so much better when the workout leaves me feeling tensed. I feel motivated and unstoppable. Somewhere along the line it will lead me to running and other benefical activites outside.

      As for the gym equipment, I would put it to good use if went to the gym. i mean it would most definately help me stay in shape. Im not against it, but i also think its important to create a method all your own that, no matter what, you can go back to and still see results.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Research Analyst--yeah, I've seen those ads.

      Those 'electronic exercise belts' originated as medical devices called "T.E.N.S." units (and there are others called "Folsom" units--proably the name of the maker/inventor). T.E.N.S., I believe, stands for 'Trans-Dermal Electronic Nerve Stimulation.'

      What it does is deliver small jolts to the nerves which in turn make the muscles 'jump' or contract. It is a physical therapy device. My husband has one for his chronic back pain.

      They are not intended for exercise substitution--they don't make the muscles work hard enough. However, they are extremely popular with the "kinky community"--I won't go into details about how those folks put the things to use...!!!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      I know it would be great if all those little gadgets did all the work for us, but unfortunately not. Not for me anyway! LOL! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Research Analyst 

      8 years ago

      So funny I agree it is funny how they sell these exercise machine gadgets on television that does all the work for you, the one I saw the other day is called the electronic abs belt and it is supposed to provide the contractions for you so you can sit around doing nothing and end up with these amazing chiseled abs. yeah right!!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you so much kaltopsyd. The little child is my nephew, he will love the compliment.

    • kaltopsyd profile image

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Great, great tips! Great Hub. I voted up and useful. The little child beside #1 is just adorable. Sorry, I had to say it.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Exactly! If you go on a diet and lose weight, you will more than likely gain that weight back, then some, that is why changing your eating habits for life is a much better choice. When I vacuum I tend to just keep going. Doing more than I actually have to. Get a little extra calorie burning in there. :)

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I like to listen to my iPod with up-tempo music while vaccuuming. It makes you want to go with the beat, and move faster. Not only do you get through the task more quickly, you get exercise in the bargain!

      And everyone should remember Garfield's slogan: The first three letters in the word 'diet' spell "DIE." Never diet. Just change your eating habits for life.

      Good article!

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