It is a well-known fact that regular physical exercise together with a nourishing and healthy diet is a must for healthy living.
Physical exercise has huge health benefits and can significantly reduce the risk of diseases, especially cardiac diseases, improve metabolism and strengthen your bones.
In modern times, job-related constraints and the changing structure of society has contributed greatly to sedentary lifestyles that restrict physical activity. In such a situation any opportunity for movement should be viewed with approval rather than be considered as a difficulty.
You need to try to be active in different ways throughout the day. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, you should engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity of moderate intensity on many days of the week as possible, preferably on all days. If you can, you should engage in vigorous exercise on a regular basis to attain better health and fitness levels.
Everyone who has tried knows how tricky it is to follow a strict regimen of exercise, especially in the face of lack of time due to busy modern lifestyles. However, it can still be achievable to get a minimum level of fitness through 30 minutes of activity every day.
Even this can be difficult to do at a stretch. What you can do is to break it down into three stretches of ten minutes each of physical activity and spread it over the day. To make it easier, you can use whatever you typically do in the course of your daily activities to carry out these exercises.
For example, while commuting to your job and back home you can get off the train/bus one stop before your destination and walk the rest of the way.
When in the office or at home do not use the elevator and use the stairs instead. While sitting at your desk, you can do neck rolls and arm raises – push your arms towards your side and then towards the ceiling. You can also do some modified push ups at the edge of your desk. Take a walk after lunch. Walk to the local grocery store; don’t drive.
While watching TV, get up during ads and jog or skip, where you are. You can add some more time for exercise this way. Don’t forget to take a swim at the pool, whenever you get the time. Playing with the kids in the garden can give you some good exercise.
In the mornings, set your alarm to wake you up 5 minutes earlier and skip a rope or do stretching exercises, before you jump under the shower. All these are great ways to exercise, when you find yourself unable to spare time, specially dedicated to exercising.
If you can maintain a small gym at home, there can be nothing better. No fancy equipment is required. You can create a nice gym without much expenditure or space, using simple things like exercise bands, a stability ball, a skipping rope and a pair of dumbbells and you can get quite good results.
Coupled with healthy food and eating habits, these are great ways of exercising to stay fit and healthy, when you are hard pressed for time that you can devote to physical exercise.