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Simple ways to build exercise into your daily routine
If you’ve tried and failed to stick to a fitness regime in the past, join the club. Spending hours in the gym working up a sweat can seem like a great idea in principle, but actually trying to fit these exercise sessions into an already crammed schedule can be impossible. The good news is, there’s another way to boost your chances of staying in shape and that’s to build exercise into your daily routine. By changing your habits in the following simple ways, you should be able to create a fitness program that you can actually stick to.
Cycle to work
One great substitute for a morning workout in the gym is a cycle to work. This low-impact activity can help you to lose weight and boost your fitness. On average, someone weighing 175 pounds will burn over 600 calories with an hour’s riding, and this form of exercise is also great for toning the legs. Then there are the added benefits associated with cycling to work to consider. By ditching your car keys in favor of this two-wheeled mode of transport, you can save cash and help the environment. You can also kiss goodbye to those frustrating rush hour traffic jams. Many employers now encourage their staff to cycle to work by offering secure bike shelters. Specialist shelter manufacturers like CAD Street Shelters have designed a range of solutions that mean people can leave their bikes outside work without worrying that they’ll be damaged or stolen.
Take the stairs
Another top tip is to take the stairs rather than automatically heading for the elevator. It might take you a little longer and leave you out of breath, but this is a great way to burn calories. If the climb is too far, there’s always the option of taking the elevator but getting out a few floors beneath where you want to go and walking the rest of the way.
Go for a stroll on your lunch break
On a lunch break at work, it can be tempting to sit still and stare at a computer screen. However, while this is the easy option, it’s bad news for your health. Instead of wasting your time at your workstation, take the opportunity to head out for a walk. As well as burning energy, this will give you a chance to get some fresh air and clear your head. If you need an added incentive, bear in mind that sitting still for too long each day has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. It’s thought that being inactive like this can slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
Just by following these simple tips, you should be able to dramatically up your levels of activity, and once you get used to these simple but useful forms of exercise, you won’t even notice you’re doing them.