Alternative Activities as Exercise

exercise fitness wellness Jun 04, 2019

When you hear the word exercise what comes to mind? Is it things like running, riding bike, walking, hiking, swimming, spin class, tai chi, yoga, or weight training? Those are some of the most traditional methods of exercise. I’m going to suggest that any activity that gets your heart rate up and burns calories can be considered exercise.

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get your workout in. It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of high intensity aerobic activity 5 times a week or 90 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. On those days, or weeks, when you can’t seem to find the time to exercise, I urge you to get creative!

Think about activities you perform that could be considered exercise. You can burn calories by climbing stairs, grocery shopping, house cleaning, mowing the lawn, gardening, engaging in active play with children, painting, and etc. 

Maintaining an active lifestyle is the key. If you don’t have time to get a workout in, try to be active in other ways during the day. Get your heart rate up so you can still burn calories. If you have a smart watch, keep track of the steps you take and the calories you burn during the day.

If you aren’t physically able to perform the recommended amount of exercise then start from where you are and build up to it. You could begin with alternative activities and move into more traditional forms of exercise as you are able.

The human body is meant to move so it’s important to be and stay active regardless of your age. You will feel better too! 

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