Does Exercise Have To Be Hard?

Exercise. Physical activity. Moving. Definitely not something that I enjoy but I know it is good for me. How many times have you started an exercise routine then quit it? I can’t even count how many times. Have you heard or used the excuse, “I don’t have time” or “I am to tired”? I have used these excuses many times. Are there any exercises out there that are “easy”? A matter of fact, there is! I don’t know that I would call them “easy” per say but they are easier then running or high intensity exercises. So what are these exercises that I think are “easy”?

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1. Walking. I actually do not mind walking as long as I am distracted by something else. This can include walking with someone and takking with them or listening to music. According to heart.org, it is recommended to walk briskly for 20-30 minutes a day. You can even add a few pounds of ankle weights to help strengthen your legs. What if you truly dont have time? You can always add a few extra steps by parking farther away from the entrance of your work or the store or by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Check out my blog on How Walking is Beneficial To Your Health.

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2. Riding a Bike. I really enjoy riding a bike on trails or even riding a recumbent bike while watching TV. Watching scenery or TV can make your bike ride go by fast! Also, riding bikes with others can make it go by fast. It is nice to have company and to talk while riding. Riding a bike can increase strength in your legs and abs. It can also increase your endurance which can help make exercises feel easier.

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3. Lifting Weights. There are many exercises that you can do while sitting on your couch or in your comfy chair. Below are some photos of “easier” exercises that can be done. You could do 2 sets of 20 reps with a dumbbell that you are most comfortable with. These may seem like simple movements but they help to increased your endurance and muscle strength. I do this with older adults everyday and you would not believe the progression of muscle strength that they develop!

You Can Make Time For Exercise

Overall, excercise is a healthy addition to your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be hard! If you can sit on the couch and watch your favorite TV show then you surely make time to do a little bit or exercise. Heck, I exercise while I watch TV! Make time for it and you will see positive physical and mental health results. There is also a blog about yoga that I have found to be very informational. You can find it here

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  1. Forestwood

    Sound advice! Well done! Thanks for the pingback.

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