Sneak Workouts Into Your Busy
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Believe it or not, the end of
summer is within distance. You may be enjoying the season so much that you donít
want to admit that, but the truth is that Autumn will be here quicker than you
With Autumn often comes a lot of busy days. This is particularly true if you are
returning to school or you have children that are. With the extra-curricular
activities that come with school, you probably find it difficult to stick to
your workout routine, at least until your new Fall schedule becomes commonplace
So, while Fall is often a time when more people eventually head to the gyms,
there is often a period of a few weeks where workout routines get completely
abandoned. Rather than punish your body for your hectic schedule, find a way to
sneak a little bit of physical activity in. Try some different, fun workouts
rather than the standard treadmill and gym machines. Here are a few ideas to get
Check out a local bike path, walking/hiking trail or lake. Go once or twice a
week for just an hour and burn some calories the fun way Ė by biking, walking,
rollerblading, or even canoeing.
Play a sport. Maybe you enjoy the traditional games like volleyball, softball or
soccer. Or, if you donít feel you have the skills for those games try something
different. How about a game of ultimate Frisbee with friends at the nearby park?
Whenís the last time you tried shuffleboard or bowling? Or, even try something
in your back yard. Go to your local sports store and youíll find loads of
different backyard games that require little athletic skill yet keep you on your
feet and provide a group of friends with an afternoon of laughs.
Do you or your spouse have a honey-do list thatís been collecting dust? Check it
out and youíll surely find some activities that will burn some muscle and
increase your heart rate. Outdoor options that require pulling weeds or raking
definitely fit the bill. Also, cleaning out a garage or painting a room can
offer great benefits.
Organize a charity event. Helping others makes us feel mentally good. A great
way to both help others and simultaneously yourself is to organize an
exercise-related charity program. This doesnít have to be complicated or time
consuming. It can be as simple as getting a group of neighbors together and
agreeing to walk X miles on a given day. Then ask other neighbors to donate a
small amount to support your walk. All the money that you raise can be given to
the favorite charity of your group.
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