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Simple Ways to Exercise

Getting in a total workout isn’t always going to happen, or maybe it’s something you’re not quite ready to commit to.

Regardless, it’s important to remember that we need about 30 minutes of physical activity every day to keep us staying healthy. Physical activity increases your heart rate, and can significantly raise HDL (good) cholesterol. Even if you don’t have time for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, there are easy ways to incorporate some exercise into your every day life that are short, yet highly beneficial.

Walking—something you might take for granted, but can easily turn into about 30 minutes of exercise a day. Depending on your stride and pace, walking can build muscles mass. Increased muscle mass leads to increased metabolic rate, which is your body’s ability to burn calories when you’re not moving. This is when you are able to shed pounds faster.

We all walk every day, but if you remember to consciously walk faster or longer distances it’s a great way to get in the exercise our body needs. For example, try parking further away from your office building, or next time you go to the store, park in the very back. At work, try to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Depending on how close you live to work, maybe take an extra 15 to 20 minutes to walk to work. However you choose to do it, remember that walking is still a great form of exercise.

Another great way to stay active while not going to the gym is to get involved with a sport. Whether you sign up for a league, or organize a weekly soccer game with friends and coworkers, playing a sport is a fun way to get in some exercise. So next time you want to get together with some friends, mix it up and go play a game of volleyball or soccer. Go have a picnic in the park and bring a Frisbee! You’ll get to be outside in beautiful weather (ideally) and having a great time exercising with your friends. It won’t even feel like a dreaded workout! Just doing a little bit of exercise will make all of the difference, and you’ll be glad you got out and did something different.

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Issue 78
March 17th, 2014
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