The path to better health and fitness doesn’t necessarily have to start with a gym membership and a radical revamping of your diet. The simple truth is getting more active in any way at all is the first major step in the right direction.
Remember, it’s natural for humans to get up and move! The body needs and craves movement. It proves it by losing flexibility and strength when muscles aren’t put to use.
So, what can you do to get your body moving again?
The possibilities are almost endless. Even when only 10 minutes a day can be dedicated to “hard” workouts, your body can benefit. Here are some tips for getting more movement built into your regular daily routine – with or without a gym membership:
- Walk whenever possible – Walking is a great exercise and it can make a difference in overall health. Building time to walk into your daily routine isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Park farther back at the mall lot, walk to the corner store, take your dog for a walk, get up and move around the house more frequently. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to add some cardio to the mix, too. If there’s time, consider taking a longer walk on a daily basis. A family walk after dinner is a great way to bond while sneaking in some exercise (and avoiding extra dessert cravings!).
- Stretch it out – Stretching isn’t vigorous exercise, but it’s important for the body. Take the time each day to stretch out the muscles in your legs, back, neck, shoulders and so on. Even if stretching takes place on a 15-minute lunch break at work, it’s movement that’s good for the body. It can also help keep flexibility levels high. Try a calf stretch once in each leg every time you get up to go to the printer, or stretch your free arm while you’re on the phone.
- Play – Exercise doesn’t have to take place in a gym to be beneficial. Play with your kids, join a tennis league, get busy on the basketball court. Just do something that’s fun and personally rewarding to make more movement a habit.
- Consider that gym membership – Going to a gym can be a real pain in the neck, but the rewards can ripple throughout your life. If getting started with a fitness routine is an obstacle, consider a membership and work with a personal trainer to create a plan that makes sense personally. We have great personal trainers, many group classes and a fantastic facility for you to get moving in!
The human body was designed to move and it will rebel if it doesn’t get its way. Just get up and do something–anything–which involves movement to take a positive step in the right direction each and every day.
Call us today at 714-544-4010 or email us as firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or to speak with us about our memberships (we have some great deals going on now!!).
About the Author
Dave Mugavero is the owner of Custom Bodies Fitness in Irvine, California. He is extremely proud of his success as the top rated health club in Orange County. Dave has been in the fitness industry for over 24 years, and is widely considered by his peers to be a “Weight Loss Guru”. His extensive knowledge of nutrition, human physiology, personal training and weight loss techniques, and his caring commitment to each client are what make him an expert in his field. He has been a top ranked Natural Body Builder and highly sought after personal trainer and lecturer.