Health (things to know)

Making Exercise a Part of Life

People often worry about not having the time necessary to devote to routine exercise. But today I’m going to argue that it can be done! Even if it’s not what you think.

Lots of bloggers out there have gotten super creative with ideas about how to stay active with a busy schedule…no gym involved. I’d be lying if I said I’d never planked over my notes a few times here and there; two birds, one stone.

Apparently I’m not the only one who does this! (In case you were confused, this is not a picture of me ha)

Whether it’s taking a quick walk around your building, using the stairs, or carrying heavy groceries there are plenty of ways to squeeze in exercise without “working out.” Do you know that sweeping your house for 15 minutes can burn 40 calories?? Cooking, washing dishes, playing with kids, and even doing laundry are all activities that can add up. One of the most important ideas is that you stay active. While simple daily chores may not make you look like the hulk, they do add to your overall health benefit.

Turns out, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has some great ideas for functional and practical exercise. For those who don’t know, multiple sclerosis is a disease that can occur when the body’s immune system attacks it’s own neural support cells. These support cells normally help transmit signals between neurons in the brain quickly and as they deteriorate these signals become slower, which can lead to a wide variety of difficult manifestations including blurry vision, numbness, lack of coordination, weakness, and difficulty processing thoughts.

The MS Society has set up several “Muck Fests” all over the United States this year to help raise money for MS research. It’s basically a giant mud obstacle. If there is one near you, I’d definitely encourage you to sign up! If not, then never fear! Their suggestions below may still be helpful; it is full of great ideas for simple ways to practice balance, strength, and stamina throughout the day.

 

Fun 5K Training Ideas

Are their any on here you haven’t tried before? I can highly recommend trying indoor rock climbing with a friend or significant other- it is so much fun while also being challenging. My arms are always SO sore afterwards.

Do you have ways you like to incorporate movement and exercise into normal daily activities? How do you stay active on a busy schedule?

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2 thoughts on “Making Exercise a Part of Life

  1. I use my kids 🙂 Post dinner dance party is a big hit. Especially since they usually want to be picked up and swung around while we’re dancing. I get some upper body work too! Bike commute for errands less than a few miles. It probably won’t take you *that* much longer than driving, you get exercise, don’t have to deal with traffic or parking, and are less stressed from all of the above. Leg lifts, chair dips, heel lifts or some other similar exercise while waiting for food to cook in the microwave. Stretching/foam rolling while watching TV. Side lying leg lifts while reading to my kids. You can turn almost anything into a mini-workout 🙂

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