How to exercise without exercising.
You all know that we LOVE exercise at Box Hill Osteopathy, but we understand that some of you don’t. We can see that with some of you, your eyes glaze over when we suggest exercise, or you feel like just the thought of exercise is such a high mountain to climb that it is unachievable. You understand the importance of exercise, but don’t know how or where to get started or how you can possibly fit it into your day!
So the team got together and came up with 3 ideas for you to exercise without exercising (the ultimate dream for some of you).
It doesn’t matter WHAT you do, it’s movement that’s important. So instead of sitting on the couch at the end of the day, how about standing up and doing a few stretches, or even some floor exercises? You could even dance while doing the dishes, or lunge to the toilet instead of walk… who knows, the possibilities are endless!!
We just wanted to give you some food for thought, and inspire you to get moving, and show you that it can be done EASILY. See our tips below.!
If you are keen to get moving, but not sure what to do, please feel free to have a chat to one of our practitioners. This is our forte and we love it!
- SHOPPING – Ok this seems like a no brainer, but here are some ideas… walking to the shops or even parking away from the entrance, walking around the shops with your coffee instead of sitting down to drink it, carrying the shopping instead of using a trolley (be mindful of any injuries!), walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator. This clocks up those steps for the day, and walking is known to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and improve circulation. Going to shops that are outside would be even better because you get vitamin D exposure and fresh air, but anything is better than no exercise!
- HOUSEWORK/CHORES/GARDENING – We researched the chores that burn the most calories, and here is the list we compiled:
– cleaning windows
– washing up
– making beds
– mopping and sweeping
– gardeningGardening tops the list off by far, with 30 minutes burning 213 calories (equivalent to 45 minutes of cycling on a flat surface). So get on to that deep cleaning and tidying up of the garden, people, because it will make you feel good both physically and mentally!
- SECRET DANCING – let’s be honest, who doesn’t love dancing, especially when no one is watching??? So crank up those tunes and dance around the house. Dancing burns up to 330 calories an hour, and is great for your general health. Not only that but it’s FUN!