How to Maximize Your Fitness ResultsWritten by Craig LePage, CSCS, NASM-CPT
What I am about to reveal to you can make a drastic change in out come of your fitness results. Many of us are willing to dedicate a decent number of hours each and every week to our workout plan. But quite often we do not always see results we had hoped for. Looking at big picture, average fitness enthusiast only has about 3 to 6 hour per week to dedicate to their workouts. In a 168 hour week 3 to 6 hours is not really a large number of hours. We can drastically increase number of hour we are exercising by practicing what is called multitasking. In fitness industry combining exercise with your daily tasks is referred to as Accidental Exercise.
This type of exercise is great for those people who are very limited with their time. How many times have you waited for an elevator when you could have taken stairs, or drove around a parking lot searching for closest spot to door so you would not have to walk very far? I think you get point. Implementing more accidental exercise into your daily routine can make drastic changes in your fitness results.
Here are some other accidental exercise ideas that you can implement into your day: □ Shovel snow □ Sweep driveway □ Mow lawn – Push Mower □ Rake leaves □ Talk long way – walking □ Take stairs □ Park your car far from door □ Walk to don’t drive □ Stand don’t sit □ Work in your garden □ Walk dog □ Chop & stack wood □ Play an active sport (Basketball, Tennis etc.)
Benefits of Physical ActivityWritten by Gary Gresham
The benefits of physical activity can help improve way you look, feel and work. The first benefit of physical activity makes you “Look Better”: It tones up your muscles. It burns calories to help lose those extra pounds or maintain your desired weight. It helps control your appetite so you eat less. The second benefit makes you “Feel Better”: It gives you more energy throughout day. It helps improves your self image and you feel better about yourself. It increases your resistance to fatigue so you don’t get tired as easily. It helps you relax and feel less tense. It helps you cope with stress better. It improves your ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well. The third benefit makes you “Work Better”: It helps you to be more productive at work. It builds stamina for other physical activities. It increases muscle strength. It helps your heart and lungs work more efficiently. The secret to becoming more physically active throughout day is just be aware of any opportunity to get up and move around. A few examples to help you become more active are: Use stairs up and down, instead of taking elevator when possible. Park a few blocks away from stores or work and walk rest of way.