At The Cheapest Life Insurance we are big fans of eating healthily and getting lots of exercise, but we realise not everyone has the time or money to go the gym three days a week. For this reason, we love a recent Guardian article that we’ve found that has some very handy tips on how to turn every day activities into an exercise regime!
The simplest of their tips to follow is to buy a pedometer. You probably already take more steps a day than you realise, and maybe having a pedometer will challenge you take more! The NHS advises us to try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, and an average person could burn up to 440 calories if they do, without even trying! Why not make it into a competition for yourself, and try to walk 100 more steps than you did yesterday, every day. You’ll soon be hitting 10,000 a day without any trouble at all. Taking the stairs instead of the lift is especially beneficial, as the particular movement involved will tone your leg, buttock and abdominal muscles.
A good one for those office workers among you is the ‘desk workout’. The article suggests trying these three exercises at your desk:
• Buttock clench-releases. Simply squeeze your buttocks for 3 seconds at a time, 20 times a day.
• Pelvic floor squeezes. Just squeeze for a few seconds then release. Repeat as you can.
• Hip tilts. Tilt your hips forward in the direction of your desk in a C motion, like a mini crunch. Repeat 10 times, twice a day.
Although you may not want to do them too often if you work in an open plan office!
Another tip is to try out a little bit of weightlifting whilst out shopping! Grocery shopping is the ideal place for it as a shopping bag holding a four-pint carton of milk, a loaf of bread and half a dozen eggs weighs 3kg, which is an ideal starting weight. Make sure you have a bag in each hand and that they are evenly weighted. Also make sure that they are not too heavy, or they might do you more damage than good. Lift the bags slightly as you walk along to give your biceps, triceps, shoulders and chest a work out!
Studies have found that this kind of light activity can be just as beneficial to your health as a ‘proper’ workout. So now you really have no excuse not to exercise!