Staying Active Without a Gym

Gym memberships are a great way to keep motivated to work out, but not having a place to exercise or having too busy a schedule aren’t excuses for not staying active. There are lots of ways you can add exercise into your daily routine. Read on for some great tips and ideas!

Walk this way – Walking outdoors is a great way to get your heart rate up while taking in some nice scenery and fresh air. Even a brisk 10-minute walk can make a difference and give you an energy boost. Also, instead of looking for the closest parking spot when shopping or going to work, opt for one farther away to add some extra steps to your day.

Step it up – When given the option of the elevator or stairs, why not take the stairs? Climbing is great way to tone your leg muscles. And if you have stairs at home, go up and down them a few times per day. Just remember to be careful.

Let’s dance – Dancing is a lot of fun, and can be a great exercise! So turn on your favorite tunes and give your spirits a boost. Don’t worry…no one is looking!

Jump like Jack – Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise – they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too.

Get to the core – Crunches are the best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry about getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles, you will see some benefit.

Pump the pipes – Toned arm muscles not only look good, they can also prevent injuries to the arms, back, and shoulders. Using free weights from home is an easy way to keep them toned. Push-ups are also a great option. Depending on your fitness level, choose from traditional, on the knees or standing up against a wall. Any way you do them, you will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.

Like any exercise program, proper form and repetition is key. The trainers at NPT are more than happy to help you create your personal home-based program focusing on the fundamentals of exercise and safety.

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