A little goes a long way

Rachel Canen
Manager, CoachMeFit Ann Arbor
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
In this day and age time is something many just don’t have enough of.  For some, exercise just doesn’t make the cut when it comes to “must haves” or “must dos”. Careers, children, and school are things one just can’t sacrifice.  However, it is imperative to get SOME exercise.  In recent studies, research has shown that people getting nominal yet frequent exercise live longer, have more active minds, age at a slower rate, and are healthier than those that don’t get any at all.  These studies even go one step further to point out that those exercising more intensely for longer periods will need more recuperation time.  Unfortunately, the respite these people will require will be detrimental to their physical and mental well-being.

Easy ways to remain active without losing time:

1.  Go for short walks-with kids or dog

2.  Park far away from the stores frequented-this small amount counts!

3.  Walk up stairs as opposed to taking the elevator

4.  Crunches during commercials

Many people believe only excessive amounts of exercise help you to lose weight, but the truth is: Just a little bit of exercise goes a long way. A recent study by the American Heart Association finds that a little physical activity performed on a regular basis may also reduce the risk of heart disease – just another reason to get the body moving for a quick workout.

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You don’t have to give up on your weight loss goals because you don’t have the time to workout everyday. There are many activities you can do in a short amount of time that are just as effective as a lengthy session.

Take a 10-minute stroll around the block. It may not seem like vigorous work, but it still burns calories and helps your body release stored energy. Rather jog? Great. You’ll get your exercise done in half the time!

Do a few sit-ups before bed. Even if the whole day flies by without fitting in a workout, you can still get a few ab exercises in before crawling into bed. If you have a staircase in your home you can also take a few trips up-and-down the stairwell before laying your body down to rest.

You can even get a little bit of exercise-time in when you’re home watching television. Ditch the couch and get down on the floor for a few side-leg lifts while catching up on your favorite series’.

If you have access to the gym take advantage of your gaps of free time. You’re not obligated to spend two hours at the gym to get in a good workout; all you need is 20-30 minutes of cardio to get your heart rate up. Or, lift a few weights, circle around the jump rope several times and be on your way. Health and fitness is about the effort and determination rather than the actual clocked hours.

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