As jobs and digital media sink society further into our seats, people need to be extra cognizant of ways they can improve their health and stay in shape. The easy go-to is to sign-up for a gym membership. However, not everyone has the time, money or desire to lock him/herself into a gym membership. Further, not all gyms provide the best atmosphere for weight loss.
Additionally, having multiple options to stay in-shape is advantageous on days where you run into inclement weather, car trouble or any other roadblock to making it to the gym. Add these healthy habits in to your daily, weekly and monthly routines to improve your overall health and wellness.
#1 Take Advantage of Free Workout Videos
Whether you’re on a tight budget or short on time, free workout videos can help bring a personal trainer/instructor experience right to your home or office. Spend some time searching through YouTube to find the type of workouts that suit your needs and preferences, or select a specific program that works for you, like Fitness Blender. From yoga videos to workouts that focus on a specific body part, there are numerous free online resources to help empower you to take control of your fitness.
#2 Drop Down a Mat
You can save time and money by skipping the trip to the gym and relying on bodyweight exercises, yoga and palates to stay in-shape. In a little more space than it takes to throw down a yoga or exercise mat, you can perform stretches and exercises that tone, tighten and strengthen your entire body.
Bodyweight exercises, such as squats, push-ups, lunges and yoga poses, provide a steady and significant resistance workout with little risk or stress on your joints. Aside from jumping and any quick aerobic movements, bodyweight exercises are extremely low impact.
Keep a mat next to your desk or in your bedroom to rollout anytime for a quick workout. Whether all you have is five minutes or you want to get in a full 90-minute workout, mat workouts provide an extremely convenient solution for staying in-shape.
#3 Break a Sweat While You Play
Take time to rejuvenate your mind and body and maintain a happy and fulfilling life. There are a lot fun hobbies and activities that allow you to stay active in your leisure time. Think of ways you can have fun while you walk, jump and run. Recreational sports and exercise groups make for perfect solutions for socializing while you sweat. Photography and hiking are also great options to maintain a fulfilling and active life.
#4 Get in Extra Steps
From parking further out on your weekly grocery trips to taking the stairs instead of the elevator, think of ways you can reshape your routines to add additional steps to your day. Over the course of a week, month and year, this can lead to thousands of extra steps and hundreds of extra calories burned.
#5 Cut Calories
On the days or weeks when you can’t seem to find the time to add extra movement into your schedule, the only way to limit yourself from gaining extra weight is to cut calories. Your diet plays a major role in your health. By limiting your calorie intake to what your body naturally burns, you ensure that you won’t gain weight on days when you are less active.
Weight loss and maintenance play a key role in your joint health. Even five pounds can relieve a significant amount of stress and pressure on your knees, ankles and back. As doctors of physical medicine, chiropractors have a wealth of knowledge on how to create healthy habits. For lifestyle guidance or to improve your joint health, give the chiropractic experts at Peralta Chiropractic a call at their Dallas office at (214) 942-3700 or their Fort Worth office at (817) 923-1254.