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Finding time for an exercise regimen in your busiest day

Published 11:40am Friday, May 25, 2012

If you can’t or won’t workout mornings, try lunch time. One great thing about exercising on your lunch break is it’ll help suppress your appetite, for those of you watching your weight. You can even get some exercise in throughout your day. You’d be surprised how much exercise you can get in, even while at your workplace  or home. You can do squats while on the phone, and static leg extensions while at your desk.
Park far away and walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. In fact, take five minutes out of your day and walk stairs. You won’t believe how much of a workout you’ll get.
Home chores can be of benefit too, because raking leaves, weeding, mopping, vacuuming, walking the dog, bending down to clean the tub or even putting up dishes, all can give you some exercise.
Remember, exercise adds up, and just because you don’t do it all at once, doesn’t mean you don’t benefit.
Get exercise during family time too. Plan fun outdoor activities with the whole family. Hike, ride bikes, play volleyball, tennis, basketball or just go for long walks. If you don’t exercise, because you’re busy with kids and house work, consider hiring a baby sitter or cleaning service.
Think of it as an investment in your health.
Diet or exercise question? Email me at dwcrocker77@gmail.com or visit fitness4yourlife.org. David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and personal trainer for 26 years. He served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the S.C. state champion girls gymnastic team, USC-Spartanburg baseball team, Converse college equestrian team, lead trainer to L.H. Fields modeling agency, and taught four semesters at USC-Union. David was also a regular guest of the Pam Stone radio show.

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