Dr. Swisher’s 10 Exercise Tips
Try incorporating these simple but effective exercise tips into your daily routine and move towards your fitness goals!
1. Exercising is the primary way to increase your metabolism
As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down. The only way to combat that is through aerobic exercise.
2. It’s easier to not eat something than to try to exercise it off
Jogging one mile burns about 100 calories. If you are not planning on jogging that extra mile, don’t eat that extra cookie.
3. Turn off your electronics!
Whether you are watching television, working on your computer or playing video games, you are sedentary. Watching more than 3 hours of television per day generally leads to weight gain. Turn off the electronics and do something outside, if possible.
4. Exercise with a partner
Being accountable to someone helps to motivate you and keeps you on track. Not only do you not want to let yourself down, you don’t want to let your friend down, either. Set a specific time that you plan on meeting up with someone to exercise together.
5. Keep it simple
You don’t have to make a big fuss of exercising. Just put on your tennis shoes and walk in your neighborhood or up and down your stairs. The more you have to do to get ready to exercise, the less likely you’ll be to do it.
6. Exercise every day, even if you don’t have time
Even if it’s a very busy day, generally, people will get their shower in. It may be a short shower rather than a long, relaxing one, but it’s done. Same should go for exercising – even on a busy day, you can squeeze in 20 minutes of exercise.
7. Take the stairs
Who needs a stair climber when you can simply take the stairs. This is a great way to get in some extra aerobic exercise during your work day.
8. Use a pedometer
The average person should take 10,000 steps per day. This sounds like a large number, but it’s not. Using a pedometer allows you to be aware when you’ve been a little less active on a particular day, prompting you to exercise or go for a short walk (a 15 minute walk could add 2,000 steps to your day).
9. Exercise even when it’s cold
You may not want to go out for a walk when it’s cold outside, but your body will burn more calories to stay warm, allowing you to get a little more out of your exercise routine that day!
10. Make it fun
Many different activities count as exercise – dancing, boxing, yoga, basketball, gardening or swimming. It’s easier for you to get moving if you enjoy what you’re doing, so find an activity you like and get started.