With the cost of everything so high these days, people are looking for ways to trim their budgets. Among the most obvious places to cut back, eliminating that morning cup of coffee, bringing a lunch from home instead of dining out and canceling those services you can really do without — like cable TV and that gym membership you don't really use much anyway.
That's not to say you shouldn't stay active, however. Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), regular exercise helps people maintain a healthy weight and delay or prevent the onset of diabetes and heart problems.
But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to head down to the gym, which can be more of a chore than a fun activity, not to mention expensive.
Here are some ideas for getting that 30-minute workout anytime, anyplace:
1. Most employers offer an hour-long lunch break and two 15-minute breaks throughout the day. Use some of that time to get up and get moving.
If you work in a tall building with lots of floors, use your break time to go up and down the stairs. If stair climbing is not an option, walk around the building at a brisk pace a couple of times a day, stopping occasionally to stretch.
2. If you're a stay-at-home mom or dad, turn the baby stroller into workout equipment.
Head on down to the park or just around the block with baby once or twice a day and as you move, use the stroller as a piece of workout equipment. You can jog behind it, incorporate walking lunges and use bands for resistance training. Not only will you get the benefit of exercise, your baby will love it.
3. Take up sports hula hooping. Ten minutes worth of vigorously wiggling your hips and moving around can burn off 110 calories, which is about as much as you'd burn if jogging or running an 8-minute mile. But burning calories quickly isn't the only benefit the activity offers. It also promotes correct body alignment from the circular motions and proper posture in the upper body.
Substitute that light, plastic hula hoop your kids play with for a weighted one and you can get even more health benefits.
When swiveled for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, weighted sports hoops can provide cardiovascular benefits, help tone muscles, burn calories and fat and facilitate weight loss. Do it religiously every day, and you can trim your waist two inches and lose four pounds every month until fit.
Weighted hoops come in a variety of styles and sizes, ranging from 1- to- 6-pounds in weight and can be bought online.
"The best thing about hula-hooping," says personal trainer Rosemary Torres, "is it can be done anytime, anywhere."
And isn't that the best workout ever?
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