Great Ways To Work Out While Following Your Normal Routine

11 06 2013

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If you’ve got even a vague interest in keeping fit and losing those pounds that it seems so easy to gain with the help a bottle of wine or a pizza takeaway, there’s a good chance that you’ve joined a gym at some point in your life. Perhaps you even went regularly for a few weeks. Perhaps even a few months. The chances are however that you’ve become a member of a gym, only to never actually go. Of course, you meant to, and even carried on paying the monthly subscription, but in reality all those good intentions went out of the window after a particularly hard day at work, or because you had someone to meet, or needed to make dinner that night, or…and the list goes on.
Don’t panic!

Just because you have a hectic life and find it hard to fit in an exercise regime that involves going to the gym a number of times in the week, doesn’t mean you should beat yourself up about it. Data collected by an American gym association in 2012 suggested that a whopping 67 per cent of people who pay for a gym membership never actually use it. The reality is that it’s hard to find the time to exercise regularly, but there is some good news. You can actually help to keep fit by simply changing a few areas of your normal routine. No gym membership necessary! Promise!
Cycle to work

For most of us, work isn’t optional, but it’s possible that you have some flexibility over how you actually get there. Could you swap your bus or tram for a bike? Try and find out if your employer is involved in a cycle to work scheme, and if not, could you help persuade them to join one? It can be a great way for the business to play a key part in keeping its workforce fit and healthy and means you get a bike or cycling equipment much cheaper.
Use those legs

You’ve got them, so use them. If you can’t always cycle to work, or if it’s too far to walk all the way, then how about walking some of the way. Skip a few bus stops and pick one up closer to work – you’ll get some exercise each day and cut the cost of your commute.

Take the stairs

Stop reaching for that lift button when you’re entering and leaving buildings. Take the stairs and you’ll be sure to get your heart going if there are a few floors to climb. It’s yet another simple yet highly effective way of making your body work without you having to change your routine or go out of your way.

Get out of that chair!

Many people work in front of computers these days and it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people suffer from back pain. Getting up and walking around the office when you need to talk to a colleague is always going to be better for you than remaining sedentary all day and simply picking up the phone
Pump those muscles

Putting your muscles to work doesn’t have to mean pumping iron in the gym. It’s quick and easy to fit in some simple exercises like press-ups and sit-ups at home before bedtime. You don’t need any equipment, it’s fast and simple, and it can really help you to stay in shape.

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