We all know how important exercise is, whether you’re following a medical weight loss plan or simply want to ward off age-related health problems. But for parents, exercise presents a challenge: How do you fit in a workout, between work, family time, housework, and the rest of your obligations?
You know you need a regular exercise routine, both for physical health and stress prevention. But it can be difficult to stick with a workout routine when it’s boring or feels ineffective. If you’re dreading the gym, move your workout outside. We have identified three important reasons for this change (and you might even think of others).
If you’ve spotted something in the gym, that looks like a bowling ball with a handle, you might be wondering about it. What is it, and what do you do with it?
Those are kettlebells, and they’re similar to free weights. They come in different weights, and you mostly use them to build strength. But a kettlebell workout will include more “swinging” type motions, so it’s a bit different from a free weight workout. If you’re curious, you might be interested to know that there are five main benefits to a kettlebell workout.
If you’re working to get in better shape, or you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably anxious to see some results. Many people rely on the number on the scale, but this can be problematic in many cases. For one thing, hormones and “water weight” can cause our weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. And, if you’re working out a lot, you might build muscle tissue. You could still be burning fat and losing weight, but then a few pounds might be added back due to increased muscle tone. This can make it difficult to gauge your success by simply stepping on the scale.
So, you’re just not feeling up to hitting the gym today? Are you looking for an excuse, or shall we say, a reason to skip it? How about three reasons?
We’re not saying you should skip your workout, just that you can feel free to move it to a new location. Ditch the gym and choose an outdoor spot for exercise instead – preferably one that isn’t too urban. The following facts provide all the reasons you need to opt for outdoor workouts on a regular basis.
Many people believe that in order to get a good cardiovascular workout, and burn a lot of calories in a reasonable period of time, you must take up running a mile or two per day. Luckily for those who don’t enjoy running, this isn’t true at all. In fact, some forms of exercise offer an even greater calorie burn.
Ideally, we would all have a free hour each day, and we could stop by the gym when it felt convenient for us. We would perform a one-hour workout, rotating activities each time, and emerge feeling refreshed and energized. And of course, our weight loss plan (or weight maintenance plan) would benefit from the hard work.
If you had to name the number one unhealthy habit, how would you reply? Most people might say smoking, or eating too much junk food. And while you would be correct that these are terribly damaging habits, you might also be surprised at the results of a new study. One unhealthy habit was actually found to be even worse than smoking… And many people wouldn’t guess this one.
You know that exercise is important for your overall health, and especially helpful if you’re following a weight loss plan. But many times, life gets in the way of our plans, and we need to schedule our daily goals more creatively. Considering that our days are much shorter during the winter, you might sometimes head out for a walk at night. An after-dinner walk is relaxing, and can help you meet your exercise goals, but we also want you to stay safe.