We have to start looking at exercise differently. The truth is all movement is exercise and it could be more beneficial than going to the gym. This always comes as a shock to most people. If you don't believe me then listen to the researchers from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas who found that regular people who increased their physical activity by taking the stairs at work or walking around the soccer field during their kids' practice had the same improvements in fitness, blood pressure, and body fat as people who went to a gym for 20 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise, 5 days a week.
A similar study from Johns Hopkins University a few miles from where I live found that people who added just 30 minutes of lifestyle activity to their day lost almost 10 pounds in a 16-week treatment period, which is more than a group who went to the gym 3 times a week
I call them mini-workouts and they are probably the most important exercise tip I will give you. All movement is exercise and this opens up a whole universe of options. Always ask yourself, "what more could I do to make what I'm doing a little challenging?"
- Walk a little faster when walking to the bus or subway station
- While watching your favorite shows, during commercial breaks do body calisthenics such as a few push ups, lunges and dips
- At the grocery store, instead of a push cart, take a carrying basket
- Take the stairs. Staircases are the best and they will get you in shape in a hurry. Whenever you see a flight of steps your mouth should start watering. If you already take the stairs, take two at a time or walk'em a little faster.
Mini-workouts will work wonders. Try squeeze as many of them in your day. They are as short as 45 seconds or last as long as 5 minutes+. Mini workouts will get your heart pumping and boost your metabolism. Get creative and start moving.
Move Your Body, Move Your Life
Published On: December 11, 2007