10 Ways to Find More Time to Exercise

Get off the bus one or two stops early to add steps--and calorie burning--to your day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Get off the bus one or two stops early to add steps–and calorie burning–to your day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Between work, family, friends and everything else, you’re busy. Here are 10 ways to fit more exercise into your life (via Fitness):

  1. Turn your commute into a workout. When the weather permits, consider walking, running, biking or blading to work. Worried about the sweat factor? If you take public transportation to work, bring your sweats and sneakers  and jog home afterwards. Not a runner? Get off the bus a stop or two before yours, or park further from the entrance to get in some extra steps.
  2. Set your alarm early. You can adjust your sleep schedule (read: go to sleep earlier!) to allow you to wake up earlier. It feels great to cross off working out on your to-do list before breakfast. Afraid you’ll hit the snooze button? Sleep in your workout clothes, or set them out the night before, so that you can just get up and go.
  3. Sneak in a lunch break workout. Use those 60 minutes to your waistline’s advantage by fitting in a gym session or a long walk. You’ll also be more productive when you get back to your desk.Continue Reading …

Top 10 Benefits of Walking

Whether you’re walking up a mountain or just around your neighborhood, you’re helping your body, mood and mind. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Walking boosts your energy, improves your overall health, and gives you a more youthful appearance. Here are 10 more reasons to hit the sidewalk, track or trail, from Drs. Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD (via RealAge.com):

1. Fends off heart attacks and strokes. Regular walkers have fewer heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure, and higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol than couch sitters.

2. Changes your RealAge. A regular walking program can significantly reduce your RealAge in 90 days. Find out your RealAge now.

3. Lowers diabetes risk. Walking 30 minutes each day increases your muscles’ sensitivity to insulin, allowing glucose to work properly inside your cells rather than pile up in your bloodstream.

4. Helps you quit smoking. Just a 5-minute walk has been shown to reduce cigarette cravings by releasing mood-enhancing hormones.

5. Slims you down. It’s no secret: walking burns calories. It also squelches the stress and anxiety that can lead to overeating.

6. Keeps you sharp. Physical activity nourishes brain tissue, and research has shown that walking can improve memories in people older than 50.Continue Reading …