Easy Exercises to Help You Lose Weight

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that physical activity is directly proportional to our overall health. We are usually encouraged to exercise, to maintain or increase weight loss, five days a week for at least 30 minutes each time. Other benefits of a regular exercise programme include heart and lung health, reduced vulnerability to certain diseases (especially bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis), enhanced endurance, and improved mental health.

It’s also undeniable that most of us lead busy lives, already jammed full of daily responsibilities. Those women (particularly mothers) whose days are occupied by work and evenings are taken up by family duties may find it too difficult to find the time for a good half-hour workout. With that in mind, let’s look at a few ways we can squeeze several 10-minute exercises into the day.

Gardening and Outdoor Work

Mowing the grass with a push-mower certainly constitutes exercise, and it means you don’t have to pay someone to do it for you. Cultivating fresh veg is an excellent way to pack more greens into your diet. Weeding, digging and planting will all increase your heart rate – and just think about the yummy goodies you’ll get in the end!

Spring Cleaning

Mopping and hoovering is brilliant exercise, but if you don’t have enough floor space to occupy you for 10 or 15 minutes, don’t stress. You can certainly get out the gloves and cleaners, and squeeze into the nooks and crannies you’ve been meaning to attack for several weeks.

Walk It Out

Walking to lose weight is both simple and extremely beneficial. There are countless situations which allow you to walk, instead of sitting idle. For instance, take the dog for a walk instead of leaving him to chase his tail in the yard, or walk the little ones to school rather than packing them onto a bus or into your car. If you’re at the office and need to come up with idea for an imminent presentation or meeting, take a stroll around the building instead of sitting at your desk. While the kids are at karate or ballet lessons, get up and take a power walk instead of watching them or reading while they’re performing. Perhaps the other parents might want to walk with you as well!

Wash the Car

Instead of taking your vehicle through the car wash, or paying someone to wash it for you, get out there and brave the water yourself! Call me old-fashioned, but the car gets much cleaner when it’s cleaned by hand rather than a machine, and you can burn off some extra calories without spending a penny.

Play Time with the Kids

The next time you have the urge to push the kids out into the garden so they can use up some of that youthful energy, think of all the calories you’ld work off if you went out there to play too! Run around in a game of hide-and-seek, or play tag around the house. Visit a nearby park and push them on the swings or the merry-go-round. Most kids enjoy a good nature hike or expedition on the bike as well. These activities will allow you to spend some quality time with your brood – and work those muscles as well!

Sports and Dance

Ask your local community centre, dance studios and library for sports leagues or dance classes that might appeal to you. You’ll find all manner of activities, from bowling to netball and darts to tennis, available during different seasons. It’s a great way to make friends and socialise while packing in some exercise. For a more laid-back family exercise, simply throwing a frisbee back and forth will get your heart and muscles moving.

Whatever you choose, remember: You’re searching for activities to get your blood flowing and your heart rate soaring. You’ll know you’re doing it correctly if your breathing becomes more rapid and your body temperature starts to increase.