In order to continually see positive changes to our health and fitness, we need to provide the stimulus (i.e. physical activity) on a consistent and progressive basis. Some people don't realize that physical activity can have a large and meaningful impact on their health even if done in short bouts throughout the day.
It doesn't matter if you're cooking, cleaning, writing a report, having a meeting or even watching TV, there is still SOMETHING you can be doing to improve your health!
Here is a great 5-10 minute routine designed to stimulate your musculature, improve the function of your heart and lungs, increase your metabolism, improve your concentration and leave you with a smile on your face. You may complete this at home or in the office, whenever you please!
- Warm Up: 2-5 min (depending on time constraints)
- Exercise 1: Push-Ups (30-60 seconds)
- Exercise 2: Squats (30-60 seconds)
- Exercise 3: Shoulder Raises (30-60 seconds)
- Cool Down: 2-5 min (depending on time constrains)
Click here for a fact sheet describing each exercise based on experience level.
Repetitions: Aim for 8-12 repetitions for each exercise. If this is too easy, you can increase the intensity by adding to the number of repetitions (e.g. 8-12-->15-25), increasing weight, or doing more sets.
For more information and creative advice on integrating activity into your day, please contact the Physical Activity Line (www.physicalactivityline.com), 1-877-725-1149.
Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING