Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Ways to Add More Exercise to Your Life

If you hate to exercise, here are three ways to add more exercise to your life, and keep your body moving without feeling like you're being punished:

     1.   Walk.
Can you park half a block away from the market or mall and burn more calories to get there? Can you put on your walking shoes and ask a friend along on a brisk walk to catch up on news? Can you use the stairs instead of the elevator?

2.      Bike, whether real or stationary. 
Can you bike to work two or three days a week instead of driving? Does your city have bike trails that would make a fun outing with a friend or group of friends? Can you put on your favorite music, pray, or watch a TV show while on a stationary bike?

3.      Dance.

Can you take a Zumba, Jazz, or Square dancing class at your local gym or YMCA? Can you pop in a dance DVD when no one else but you is home? Can you grab the dog, the cat, or the spouse and twirl around the kitchen or living room while the dinner cooks?

Be as creative as you like. Invent a new way to move more, burn more calories, and build more muscle. Who knows? By this time next year, we may be watching you on a DVD as  you lead us in the most innovative exercise ever invented!

What are your favorite ways to exercise? How often do you exercise? 

The winner of the Amazon gift card from last week's post is Shakeena Bradley! Congratulations!


  1. I LOVE walking. It's the exercise that keeps me healthy and happy. Once my foot went kaflooey, I did just that. Changed to a bike as long as the foot tolerated it. Walk from the far side of the parking lot. Not enough to make it hurt, but enough to help! Good stuff here, Jeanette!

  2. Good tips, Jen! I walk or do some form of low impact exercise 4-5 times a week. I find it energizes me for the rest of the day. When I go shopping, I park farther away, and often take the stairs instead of the elevator. I figure that is like "freebie" exercise, burning a few extra calories along the way. :)

  3. I love music and can't sit still when it is playing. My foot jiggles in the chair, my fingers are tapping, and sometimes I am full out up and dancing by myself. Can I consider that exercise too? Might make a good DVD.

  4. my husband and I walk about four to five days a week in the evenings, late afternoons if we can on the weekends. Good time to talk as well or sometimes not much at all, enjoying time together and enjoying the outdoors!

  5. Hi Jeanette! I have to say that I don't 'hate' exercise. I kind of like it. A lot. But I do resent the time it takes out of my day, so if I could find a one minute routine (like those commercials 'one and done'!!) I'd do it with more joy!
    Before I broke my leg, I loved to walk outside, or go to the local gym. Right now I'm way more limited, but I do my PT exercises faithfully, and hope that this summer I can start walking again.
    Hope you had a great Easter :)


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