I've found that the more I move, the better I feel. I've also found the more I move, the more I want to keep moving.
Are you an exerciser? Moving our bodies has major health benefits that range from keeping our blood sugars under control to decreasing our risks of diseases and cancers. Think it's too late for you and you've missed the exercise bandwagon? Studies show that it's never too late to start exercising and seeing major benefits from it. Studies conducted on the frail elderly showed significant improvement in strength and health benefits when they initiated an exercise program, and those improvements were maintained with continued exercise.
With busy schedules or kids underfoot, many people find it difficult to find a big chunk of time for workouts. Some people just really don't like exercising. If that's the case with you, try a few shorter exercise intervals throughout the day that are in 10 minute blocks. Studies show that is just as effective as one longer workout.
Here are some ideas to try to add more movement into your day:
-park at the back of parking lots for the longer walk in
-get up from your work desk once an hour and take a quick walk down the hall
-if you live close to the grocery store and only need a few items, try walking there
-add in a short strength routine before you hop in the shower in the mornings: squats, planks, pushups, etc.
-do you live close enough to work to walk or bike?
-take an extra lap around Wal-mart before you check out (we walk laps there in the winter...the employees are always asking us if we are having trouble finding something)
-take a short post-dinner walk or try a quick walk over your lunch hour
What are some ways you add in more movement to your day?