Have you recently lost weight? Or are you just determined to get in better shape, whether you have dropped some pounds or not? Adding exercise to your daily routine will go a long way toward helping you keep weight off and tone up your body.
However, when the temperature hovers in the 90s, you may have little interest in going outside to exercise. Rest assured, there are lots of ways to stay active and stay inside.
- Buy a fun DVD. There are so many on the market that you are sure to find one you like. Make a date with yourself every day—or at least several times a week—to push back the furniture, pop in the DVD, and get your heart pumping. You can try something high-energy like Zumba or a slower, more strengthening option like yoga or Pilates.
- Go basic. It’s amazing how much of a workout you can get with calisthenics. Devote 20 to 30 minutes to jumping jacks, pushups, sit ups, and deep knee bends. You can also add lifting hand weights to your routine.
- Jump on a machine. If you have the space, invest in a treadmill or elliptical machine. You can pass the time listening to music or watching TV. Make it enjoyable, and you’ll come back to it day after day.
- Hit the mall. Don’t want to stay at home? Put on your walking shoes and head to the nearest indoor mall. See how many laps you can do. If there is more than one level, be sure to take the stairs and steer clear of escalators.
- Try the gym. While you can get a workout in your own living room, you may thrive on the group support at a gym. See what facilities are available in your neighborhood and ask for a tour. Check out any free passes they may offer, so you can be sure before you join. Most gyms provide a wide range of equipment and exercise classes for you to try. The staff will likely be eager to show you the ropes.
For more ideas, or to learn more about physical fitness, visit the Health Library at St. Petersburg General Hospital. It’s also a good idea to discuss your exercise goals with a doctor, so call Consult-A-Nurse® at 1-888-741-5122 if you need a physician referral.