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Skip The Gym: Use Your Daily Routine to Stay Fit

Thursday, January 16 2014 11:36 PM

Wellness doesn’t have to mean hours of exercise. We don’t all have the time or resources to go to the gym, attend a class or buy equipment to work out at home. But we can still improve our well-being. Here are some simple ways to incorporate fitness into your daily life.

Take a deep breath

  • Instead of short, shallow breaths, try mindful, deeper breathing for 60 seconds
  • Breathe in slowly for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly for 10 seconds
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
  • Don’t let your shoulders move up and down; expand your lungs and belly outward with each inhalation

Multitask during the mundane

  • Balance on one leg while you brush your teeth
  • Stand on your tiptoes every five seconds while you make dinner
  • Stretch during every commercial while you watch TV; rotate between stretching your arms, legs, back, neck, wrists and ankles
  • Stand up when you answer the phone, and shift your weight from your left leg to your right leg until your call is done

Clean it up

  • Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, and power clean one room; stop whenever the timer goes off
  • See how long it takes to vacuum or sweep your home; try to beat that time next week
  • Turn on your favorite music and dance while you fold laundry, put groceries away or reorganize a closet
  • Declutter by giving yourself 15 minutes to find 15 items in your home to donate or throw away; try to find something from every room

Boost your routine

  • Park at the far end of the lot and walk in
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Wash your car by hand
  • Go face-to-face for communicating, instead of calling, texting or e-mailing

Lend a hand

  • Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter
  • Build a home with Habitat for Humanity
  • Take on some candy striper duties at your local hospital
  • To help at your local Good Samaritan Society center

Incorporating small changes into things you already do can add up to a big change in how you feel. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014.

Compiled by Good Samaritan Society staff

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