Quick ‘n’ easy exercises

19 Oct 2016

We all know that exercising regularly has numerous benefits. When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that help improve our mood and reduce depression.

Unfortunately, we often find it difficult to follow a scheduled workout routine due to time restraints, lack of focus; or simply because we’re feeling lazy.

TV Exercising

If you spend a lot of time watching television, then a fitness ball may be the solution. By sitting on a ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve balance without noticing you’re actually exercising. You can additionally use your exercise ball as a seat while reading or working on the computer. so, the following exercises might just fit into your busy daily routine nicely.

Fast Abs Exercise

Feeling lazy, you might prefer to do an exercise you can do quickly so you may resume more relaxing activities, like watching television or sunbathing. The Captain’s Chair exercise is an exercise that tones the abdominal muscles and only takes one minute a day.

Sit on the edge of a chair, and grasp the front of the seat at either side of your hips. Inhale deeply, then on exhaling, gradually raise your knees toward your chest without arching your back. Hold your knees in the raised position for three seconds, and then lower them. Repeat for around a minute.

Easy Walking Exercise

If you’re feeling lazy, walking may seem like too much of a strenuous exercise, particularly uphill walking.

Walking poles, help make walking a more enjoyable experience for people who struggle with their walking, as the poles automatically ease strain on the joints. Furthermore, when walking poles, we use 90 percent of all muscle groups, and calorie burn is around 40 percent more than when walking normally.

Therefore, it takes less time to burn calories with the poles than without them. You might be pleasantly surprised if you try them.

Exercising in Bed

Bed exercises are designed to be done in bed which makes them ideal for those of us who love to spend our time in bed. To develop the triceps, or back muscles of the upper arms, lie on your left side. Grasp your right arm between the elbow and shoulder with your left hand.

Try to pull your right arm back while simultaneously creating resistance with your left hand. Do this for a few seconds and relax. Repeat five times before switching sides. Gradually increase repetitions until you are performing 25 on each side per day.

Finally, however much or however little we do in terms of exercise, it’s just important we do them. Exercise, together with better lifestyle choices will always contribute to better health. The key is to enjoy what you do.

Based on a Livestrong Article.

6 Responses to “Quick ‘n’ easy exercises”

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  1. Randy 19. Oct, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    This is something I have such a hard time with because I can’t have anybody watch me do it. My Mother made me so neurotic about that because she was always staring at me doing things, which is very creepy and disturbing to put it mildly.

    I don’t like gyms for that reason, plus the fact of what kind of germs fester in there from everybody’s sweat. Ewwwww! I know it sounds like a lot of excuses but welcome to my nightmare. It took me a very long time to figure this out.

    Maybe if I actually end up having my own place again, it would make things a lot easier. I just have to get used to the idea that it doesn’t produce instant results, which is why so many people give up on exercise so quickly.

    • Ilana 19. Oct, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Randy. Gotcha! I know how that feels. I had my father walking behind me telling me to pick my foot up, to stop dragging my foot and leg and that made me self-conscious with my handwriting and walking into rooms; with people walking in behind me. I’m not sure how many years I came to endure those words.

      It’s important we get past it, but at least you know Randy where it comes from and you can work on trying to make yourself less conscious. It’s what we have to do. Gyms are good places as long as we don’t become addicted.

      The lucky thing about these exercises is that they can be done individually. It’s important just not to give up on doing any exercise.

  2. Brad 19. Oct, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I agree with Randy in that I can’t stand going to the gym, so I’m going to give these a go; starting with the ABS exercises tonight while watching TV.

    • Ilana 19. Oct, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

      I personally didn’t mind the gym, but with my physical issues; I can’t say I noticed any difference in my fitness levels. It’ll be interesting to see how you get on.

  3. Tim 19. Oct, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Exercise, in its repetition, somehow makes me feel energized and free. The trick is finding the time to do it, but you have perfectly addressed that in this blog.

    Exercise is an idea that helps me lead a healthy life, even if it doesn’t pan out the way I expect it to.

    • Ilana 19. Oct, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks Tim. Life goes a little like that don’t you think? It’s all down to lifestyle choice. We have the best of intentions, which don’t always work out the way we intend.

      The more emotionally we are in tune with ourselves, the more inclined we will be to physically exercise. I think that’s the key here.

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