Fitness on the Go
For most of us, there never seems to be enough time in the day to work out. Either we travel a lot, or spend a lot of time in the car shuttling kids to and from activities and we are worn out at the end of the day. Here are some tips on how to stay fit even when you are short on time.
You don’t need any fancy equipment or gear to practice yoga, and you really don’t need that much time or space, either. A yoga mat is lightweight and rolls up for convenient carrying about. To optimize your health while still saving time, try this two workout method: fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the evening. If you have more than fifteen minutes, great! All the better. But if you travel for work or have a busy day with your children, fifteen minutes twice a day is doable. In fact, if your children are three years old or older, you might consider having them join you. Yoga is fun! You get to stretch, bend and twist, which are all things that kids love to do. Plus it feels great! Especially after a long day, nothing feels better than putting on comfortable clothes, getting out the yoga mat and treating your body to a good, healthy stretch. Fact: Did you know that practicing yoga regularly can actually make you taller? The stretching and strengthening exercises in yoga help to expand the spaces between your vertebrae, increasing your height while improving your posture. You will stand and be taller with yoga!
It may seem like an exhausting idea, but in fact, people who use a standing desk instead of sitting all day actually report less back and neck fatigue as well as more weight loss! Think about it. How many muscles do you use sitting at your desk all day? Very few. But standing, you are shifting your weight from foot to foot, standing up straight and burning three to five times as many calories as you would be if you were sitting.
Yes, there really is such a thing, and they are rapidly gaining in popularity. Though users report it takes some getting used to, walking while typing or talking, the learning curve was minimal and on average, people who use treadmill desks weigh thirty pounds OR MORE less than their seated co-workers! This leads to healthier people, fewer sick days and actually improves performance and productivity. Now that’s an idea to inspire you!