Exercise is the absolute bane of my existence.
The sad part is I used to LOVE working out. As a child growing up on Long Island along with my 5 siblings, there were tons of kids in my neighborhood. Everyone loved playing outside. Could be a simple game of kickball, tag, or red-light-green-light (remember that game?). A park was within walking distance from my parent’s house where we would play handball, basketball, or go hiking in the woods. Or maybe we just grabbed a jump rope, went for a bike ride, or broke out the roller skates. But kids spent time outside – exercising!!
There are so many benefits to regular physical activity (see a few listed here). If you are new to exercise or beginning a new program, most experts agree that it’s best to start out slow and steady. I’ve certainly tried to jump back in to a fitness program full steam after a long hiatus, but found that I burned out very quickly. I have also spent hundreds of dollars on gym memberships or fitness DVDs that I seldom used. Instead of spending money on a fitness program, my husband and I decided to go back to basics.
There are so many simple exercises that can be done at home without equipment. The number one activity that almost anyone can do is walking!!! Take a brisk walk around your block or through a nearby park. Perhaps consider walking in the mall or around a high school track. Neighborhood not safe? (Yes folks, there are some neighborhoods that might not be safe enough to walk around.) What about turning on the radio and dancing for 15-20 minutes?? Or how about some simple calisthenics: push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc. These can be done inside with very little space and no equipment. Check out this site for a brief overview of stretches and exercises. In fact, calisthenics are a great way to use your body weight as resistance to help build fat-burning muscle.
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