“I don’t have time to go to the gym”
“I don’t like to exercise”
These are the two excuses we often hear from people who think that workouts are boring and keeping fit is a big TASK.
The first excuse, I have already destroyed in my earlier post, Stay Fit Without Gym.
Now let’s try to do away with the second most common excuse.
Firstly you need to understand that there is no exercise that can outdo your diet full of junk food and calories.
We human beings are incredible in justifying even the most unreasonable things. We are so good at giving a logical explanation to our ridiculous behavior, and then saying things like “well, I already ate a lot today, so the day is already ruined. I’ll start exercising from tomorrow.” So in order to live a healthy life, we need to understand certain key things:
- Burning 400 calories by exercising and then stuffing 1000 calories is a lost battle.
- Exercise is not running on a treadmill for hours and then being miserable.
- Your diet is the major factor in staying healthy.
- Every decision you make has an impact which can take you a step towards your goal or away from your goal.
To have a healthy lifestyle you don’t need to hit the gym, neither do you need to change your schedule for exercising.
Exercise without Exercising
When you say “I don’t like to exercise”, it means that you don’t like a particular kind of exercise. If you don’t like to go to the gym, don’t go. If you don’t like running, don’t. What if I tell you that there are ways to workout without even realizing it is one?
Don’t believe it? There are actually ways to make it happen. Take a quick glance at this list that gives you an exercise without realizing it and commit to trying these.
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Do you know that walking is as good as running? Go for a 15 minute brisk walk daily. Have a meeting at work? Why not walk and go. Steve Job was famous for this. Infact you can integrate walking at any time of the day.
2. Rock Climbing
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If you want to stay active, rock climbing is the best exercise for you. It is the best workout for your upper body that will give you toned arms and shoulders. There is nothing better than this if you commit yourself for climbing regularly. Go out with friends and challenge each other – to get fitter.
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Who says exercising is not fun? Go dancing! You will burn a lot of calories and it won’t be like an exercise. There are different types of dances to suit your taste and style – go for a hip hop or zumba, salsa or street dance. No matter what your age is, you can choose a style you enjoy and elevate your heart rate.
4. Roughhousing with kids
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Start playing with your kids. If you are still single, pay a visit to your nephew and niece regularly. Give your sister some relief and handle the kids. This will definitely earn you a reward as you will burn calories running after them and playing games with them. A great exercise, right?
5. Martial Arts
Want to try Kung Fu or Tae Kwon Do? There are all types of martial arts to try out – whether you want to try fast-paced moves or a relaxed form. It will make you feel strong and empowered. At the same time you get a great workout session.
6. Create a standing desk
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Do you know that there is a big connection between sitting all day and an early grave? A standing desk will help you prevent back pain and also reduce your chances of developing a bad posture. So try and be productive with a standing desk. (According to a study people who are sitting for almost the entire day have 54% more chances to die of heart stroke.)
7. Stop meeting for coffee
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Its fun to meet your friends out for a coffee. But you can take an active approach. Why not meet up for a game of Frisbee or golf? You can even enjoy a walk together. This will keep you more fit and active and at the same time change the way you look at exercise. It will gradually become an excuse to catch up with friends.
8. Time to go between the sheets
It is self-explanatory I guess. Sex not only makes you feel good and intimate but also burns calories. It burns approximately five calories in a minute, increases your heart rate and keeps all your muscles involved. It also keeps you flexible and balanced. It is the ultimate exercise!
Related: Surprising Health Benefits of Sex
9. Clean the house
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Do you like cleaning? Guess it’s not in anyone’s list of things to do. But do you know how good an exercise it can be if you clean the whole house? Play on your favorite songs and start cleaning. Vacuuming and scrubbing will accelerate your heartbeat and you will burn a good sum of calories. So if you are avoiding housework, it’s time to rethink!
An average person burns 4 calories per minute in cleaning. This means 80 calories for 20 minutes.
Assume that you spend an hour in cleaning every week; you get a total of 12,480 calories a year! That is you lose 3.5 pounds in a year just by cleaning!
So you not only burn calories but also enjoy a spotless house!
What if you struggle to work a little harder? Try washing your car.
10. Wash your car
If you wash your car for a year, you burn as much calories as contained in 15 chocolates! A person burns 6 calories per minute while washing his car. Suppose you spend 30 minutes in a week to keep your car clean, you will burn 180 calories. This amounts to 9,360 calories in a year, which is equal to 2.7 pounds a year. Isn’t it a great exercise!
11. Jump on a trampoline
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This is a fun-filled activity which can be one of the best exercises. Jumping on a trampoline like a child can help you burn 42 calories in just 10 minutes. It will tone your body and also build your strength.
So if you think your workout strategy needs a little crisping, add one of these exercises into your plan. It will definitely give you the desired results. What is your favorite exercise to get in shape? Do share your comments!