Everyday Activities & Fitness

Everyday Activities & Fitness

Everyday Activities & Fitness
Can performing everyday activities keep you physically fit? You would be surprised at how many calories you burn by doing housekeeping chores, shopping or chasing after children. There are many fitness tricks you can learn by increasing your activity at work, home or vacationing. Burn calories, tone muscles and lose weight in your everyday life.

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    Adding regular physical activity is even more important if you have a disability, since people with disabilities tend to lead less active lifestyles. Regular physical activity can help you develop a stronger heart and stronger lungs and muscles -- and can improve your mental health and ability to do everyday tasks.
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    Go in the bathroom and do them so no can see you having fun there. Or, grab two of your friends and do them together with them in the hallway even in the elevator lobby. If worst comes to worst get in the elevator and do a yoga pose as it goes amongst the floors; if someone gets in the elevator while you are doing the pose, what their expression. If she joins you in doing the pose, propose immediately.
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    Sitting for long periods at a desk has been shown to be harmful to your health due to your body’s lack of activity. In fact, some research claims that sitting for eight hours without exercise increases your chances of dying prematurely by 60 percent. While some people opt for standing desks, most office workers have no choice but to tough it out. What to do?

    According to research published in The Lancet, exercising for an hour daily can counteract the detrimental effects of all that sitting. Cancer and heart and artery disease are the maladies most associated with the dangers of prolonged sitting, so if you have predisposition for those illnesses, be proactive and get to the gym as often as possible.
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    Anyone can stretch, and it's easy to work stretching into your daily routine. Spend five minutes or so in the morning doing a few light stretches. Then stretch now and then throughout the day to relieve tension or if you've been sitting or standing in one position for long periods. Before going for a walk or a jog or whatever, spend 5 to 10 minutes stretching all of the body's major muscle groups. This will help you warm up and reduce the risk of injuring cold, stiff muscles. During the cool-down after you've finished, use light stretching to help prevent postexercise soreness and keep the muscles supple and ready for the next day.

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    Children inherently love to be active. Playground games such as Hopscotch and Follow the Snake offer great ways to attain cardiorespiratory fitness. By playing these games with children, you’ll burn calories and have fun at the same time!
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    When people think about increasing physical activity, many think about needing a gym to do so. It is much easier than you think!  Just take a look at your daily activities. Do you take the elevator? If so, start using the stairs. When parking your car at stores; park at the back of the parking lot. Do NOT try to find the closest spot. :) If you are on the phone, try standing instead of sitting. You probably have a couple must see TV shows as well. At every commercial do a couple exercises…pushups, planks, bridges, jog in place, squats, jumping jacks, and the list goes on! 

    Just get up and move. What are you waiting for?

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    STAGE ONE:  GET MOVING

    Every day, you should be on your feet for at least one hour moving around, using the large muscles of the legs while walking, climbing stairs, working in the garden, shuttling about the kitchen, purposefully strolling about on your lunch hour, or just about anything but sitting quietly in front of a TV. This need not be continuous activity, nor do you need to work up a sweat. What’s important is that you are up on your feet moving about every day and, through the course of a day, accumulate at least 60 minutes of activity.

     

    STAGE TWO:  BREAK A SWEAT

    Once you’ve become accustomed to being up and “puttering about” at least an hour a day, you should gradually begin to add moderate activities to your weekly routine that eventually total at least 30 additional minutes, three times a week. Unlike Stage One activities, Stage Two activities typically are deliberate and planned. These what we often think of as recreational activities such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobic dance, or court sports. These activities should be sustained for 30 minutes or longer, they should be continuous, and they should be done at an intensity that brings a bit of sweat to your brow, raises your heart rate, and has you breathing more deeply.

     You get about half of the health benefits from that one hour a day of Stage One puttering about. The other half of the benefits, however, derive from those 30 minutes, three times a week, of sustained Stage Two activities. This, we believe, is the least amount of physical activity to achieve the most health benefits, your long-term LifeFit goal.

     If you adhere to your LifeFit program for about six months, combining Stage One and Stage Two activities into a weekly program, you will realize significant reductions in your risk for a number of life-threatening diseases and add years to your life. You will also realize a number of benefits in terms of psychological health and cognitive functioning. And you will become much more fit than you were before becoming active, within the bounds of your genetic endowment.

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    Though yard work should not replace a regular workout, it can be a great supplement to your exercise routine. Chores in the yard can help you burn (extra) calories and work out various parts of your body. Raking leaves left over from the fall, for instance, can provide you with a great upper body workout. Similarly, pushing a manual lawn mower, trimming your hedges, pulling weeds from your garden and planting flowers and shrubs can all be effective workouts for your shoulder, back and leg muscles.

    The following are some activities you can do outdoors to burn extra calories:
    • Push-mowing the lawn: Sixty minutes burns between 350 and 400 calories.
    • Weed whacking: Thirty minutes burns 85 to 100 calories and helps strengthen and tone your core.
    • Weeding by hand: This and other gardening activities can burn between 200 and 600 calories per hour, depending on the intensity of the task.
    While yard work can be fun and healthy, it’s important not to strain your joints or muscles when working in the yard. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to get your work done without putting too much strain on your body.

    Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider.
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    Some fun and healthy summert activities include swimming at local ppols, lakes and the ocean, goign for hikes in the local hills, and participating in recreational leagues for sports like softball, ultimate frisbee or soccer leagues. Just stay well hydrated, avoid mid day summer heat, and wear clothing and sunscreen that protects you from the sun.
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    Here are three ways you can squeeze exercise into your summer schedule:

    Walk -- Parking at events that draw a crowd is always an issue, and nobody wants to pay event parking prices. When I lived downtown, friends would gather at my place and walk to events. A mile there and a mile back at a moderate pace can burn a couple hundred calories. Even if you don't live in the midst of activities, you can park a mile or so away, burning calories and saving money. Just make sure to wear sensible shoes!
    Rather than bathing in the sun, which isn't good for your health, enjoy the weather by rubbing on your sun protection factor (SPF) and walking instead of lying. You may discover a beautiful new neighborhood, dining establishment with a patio, or local shop. Whether you bump into friendly faces or not, you are guaranteed to feel better than if you were lying around.

    Hit the trail -- Whether it's a park, a trail, or country roads, most people have somewhere it is safe to walk, run, bike, or in-line skate. In Indianapolis, the Monon trail stretches through most of the city and beyond, and is a great place for a casual walk, a serious run, or socializing your dog. Not only is it an activity-friendly environment, but it's encouraging to see so many different people at different levels of fitness participating in a variety of activities.

    Bring on the games -- There may not be any Summer Olympics this year, but you can still get competitive in your own backyard. Set up a volleyball or badminton net, pull out a soccer ball or baseball, or organize three-legged races or ultimate Frisbee at your next cookout or gathering. You might be surprised how much people enjoy participating in "cheesy" events. My parents host a Celtic-themed party each Fall, complete with the backyard version of Scottish games that are always a hit.
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