Everyday Activities & Fitness
3 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredGo 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.
5 AnswersCrystal Reeves, NASM Elite Trainer , Fitness, answered
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?
1 AnswerMercy Medical Center answeredThough 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.
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4 AnswersNational Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Physical activity can be anything that increases heart rate or stresses normal body physiology. Several things done through the day can be considered physical activity. Here is just a small sample of potential daily tasks, which can count as physical activity:
- Climbing stairs
- Walking to the mailbox or around a store
- Yard work and/or gardening
- House cleaning
- Playing catch or outdoor games with the kids
2 AnswersToo many people view exercise as something that has to be endured, but staying fit doesn’t have to be a chore. You can get the benefits of exercise while having a great time by doing sports like swimming, tennis, touch football and soccer. It’s never too late to learn a new sport, and competition can put a lot of juice into your training.
2 AnswersRealAge answered
Sometimes the activities that are unplanned and readily available are the most readily accepted. Your child may love to come home from school and ride a bike, run around with the dog, play baseball with neighborhood kids, ride scooters, or rollerblade around the block. After sitting all day long in school, it really doesn’t matter what he does, as long as he’s active.
Many parents I know use birthdays and holidays as a way to encourage their kids to stay active. Not only do they make scavenger hunts, obstacle courses and three-legged races part of the celebration, they also give fitness-minded gifts. I think it’s a great way to introduce an active hobby. For example, you could outfit your teenager for rock climbing by buying him the shoes required, a bag of chalk, and other climbing gear. Or how about a home version of the Dance Dance Revolution game to get your videogame lover stepping to the music? Perhaps a membership to a fitness center for your teen? Or a private lesson in the activity of choice? During summer or school vacations, check out sports camps or clinics. They can be sport-specific or can introduce several sports previously untried, kind of like a sport sampler.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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2 AnswersDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredIf there are less than 3 flights of stairs to get to your destination, take them. Walking a flight of stairs is one of the best exercises you can do. It builds muscle mass, since you’re fighting gravity, and it burns calories.
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14 AnswersNational Academy of Sports Medicine answeredStaying fit is about being active. The best way to improve your fitness is to increase your activity level; this can be accomplished many ways. One effective method is avoiding labor saving devices and methods of transportation, Things like taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking further way from work or from the store, walking to a co worker's desk instead of calling them, doing chores around the house can improve fitness. Finding ways to include physical activities into your spare time will also help you improve fitness. Joining recreational leagues like bowling and softball allow you to combine physical activity and social activities together. The more active you are the fitter you’ll be.