4 Ways to exercise without trying this winter
It’s common knowledge that physical exercise is good for your overall health and wellbeing. From helping your heart get stronger to improving brain function, exercise is the gift that keeps on giving.
It’s not just ‘traditional’ exercise that counts towards your daily and weekly tally though. We understand that during the winter months, the last thing you may feel like doing is heading outside to run – which is why we’re sharing our top daily activities that will help you to keep active without even trying.
Don’t park too close
When going grocery shopping or even driving to work, we have the habit of looking for parking close to where we need to be. In winter (and if it is not raining), rather take the first parking spot you see as you approach your destination. By doing this, you can sneak in a few extra steps, increasing your heart rate and enabling you to breathe in some fresh, crisp air. Bonus points if you have to carry some groceries back to your car!
If you use public transportation to work and it is safe enough for you to be dropped a few minutes away from your building, then take advantage of it and walk the rest of the way to work. This not only gets your blood pumping before a long workday, but is bound to improve your mood and energy level before heading into an office building.
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Take a note from the kids
Gone are the days where we run, jump and play like kids – but it shouldn’t be like that. When taking your kids out to the park or even having them play outside at home, why not join in on the fun and run around with them?
This is not only a great bonding activity, but you will most likely work some muscles that haven’t been worked in a while. Luckily, kids are very easily entertained so whether you’re kicking around a ball or climbing a jungle gym with them, you’re all bound to have some fun.
Clean the house
In a recent article by Harvard Health Publishing, they note that “cleaning the home for even fifteen minutes burns around 80 calories. Wash some windows and do some dusting and you’ve got a pretty decent workout — and a cleaner house.” While this does sound like quite the chore, it inevitably needs to be done. Playing some music while cleaning can help lift your mood and even inspire you to do more.
If you can’t quite understand how these chores act as exercise, think about something as simple as packing cupboards and shelves. Bending, squatting and stretching to reach pots, pans and plates in your cupboards all give your muscles a wake-up. Even the simple act of wiping shelves with a cloth to clear out the dust is a great way to stretch those arms! Are the cupboards not in need of cleaning? Get an almost full-body workout by unpacking, wiping and repacking your bookshelf or wardrobe!
Do some gardening
If you have a green thumb and love spending time outdoors, then why not consider doing your garden? Simple pruning and watering won’t really count as exercise but other tasks like mowing the lawn, moving plants, replanting and potting and even doing some DIY hardscapes. Medical News Today notes that “Vigorous housework, gardening, and going up and down the stairs while doing chores also qualify as physical activity and can help people meet the daily guidelines productively.”
No matter what forms of exercise you’re doing in winter, it is super important to ensure that you are taking care of your immune system to help prevent colds and flu. Avalife™ IMMUNE SUPPORT is the perfect blend of Ayurvedic and European Herbs, helping to support immunity while promoting the body’s natural defense. When using daily activities as a form of exercise, be sure to not over-exert yourself, especially if you are unfit. Start small and build up a tolerance so that when summer arrives, you will feel comfortable doing more intensive workouts outside!
Harvard Health Publishing | Why we should exercise – and why we don’t | August 26, 2019 | https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-we-should-exercise-and-why-we-don’t
Medical News Today | What to know about exercise and how to start | Medically reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, M.S., NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS, Fitness — Written by Adam Felman on June 27, 2019 | https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153390