Getting fit without the Gym

Getting fit without the Gym
Getting fit and staying that way can be a challenge. Several folks head to a similar old routine is a local health club or gym membership to get results.

Are you bored with that routine? Do you long for a change of pace? Here are some ideas to get you out of the gym but giving you the same great workout results. It will make you smile at the same time.

1. Hiking. Hiking is a heart pumping activity and a great way to keep you outdoors and in the fresh air. Find several local trails, grab your tennis shoes, and get hiking. The scenery is much better than the tv or the gym walls while giving you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the trail.

2. Join a Team. Are there any local adult sports teams that you can join? If you want to make a sport out of getting fit, this is the way to go. You Can have a good time while burning calories and getting the heart rate going strong. If there is not one available, do you have enough friends to start your own mini-team work outs?

3. Bootcamp. Create your won. They can be a lot of fun. A challenge can be very motivating, who doesn’t love that? Do it on your own or challenge yourself with friends. Go to a local park or area, and do some strength and Cardio exercise. Exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, high knees, tricep dips and sit ups can be part of the challenge.

4. City Walkabout. Take a tour of the city you live in while walking through it. Walking is easy because you just need a pair of good supportive walking shoes. You can walk almost anywhere. Walk all around your city or one nearby. Take a walking tour of a local city park, state park or historical site. You not only get in a good workout, but you might learn something new in the process.

5. Track Running. Walking not much of a challenge for you? Want to burn more calories? Running is the fastest most effective calorie burner. It can be the most boring thing to do in a gym or at home on a treadmill. Go to the nearest high school track. Many times they are quite open for the neighborhood. You might even be able to find a running buddy there, or bring your own. If doing it solo is your style, put on some headphones, no one will care or bother you. It can be an interesting way to break up your routine every once in awhile. Try speeding up and then slowing down to increase your Cardio activity.

There are may different ways to break up the old gym, or home route routine and still work at getting and staying fit. Be creative and look for ways in your own neighborhood or city that can make your workout interesting and fun from time to time.

How Higher Job Affects Your Health and Fitness

How Higher Job Affects Your Health and Fitness
Many individuals work behind their desk the entire workday. Others find that they’re on their feet for hours weekly.

Each sorts of work environments will cause significant suffering and pain and greatly affect your health and fitness. However, the following tips can help you maintain better fitness while at work, and during the off hours.

Sitting at a Desk

Individuals that need to sit behind a desk for long hours during the workday tend to suffer from stiff and achy muscles, and lower back pain. Constantly sitting in the same position for long durations has been known to affect people’s health in a negative manner. There is a direct link between heart disease and type II diabetes with individuals that sit at their desk 40 hours or more every week.

Working Standing Up

Individuals that stand on their feet for 40 hours or more every week suffer greatly, just like those that sit behind their desk. Long hours of constant standing can lead to varicose veins and other painful conditions. This is often a result of the lack of circulation in the lower extremities, where the muscles are not allowed to contract properly, like when walking or running.

What to Do

The easiest way to improve health and fitness is to take specific steps to alleviate the common problems of working in the same position all day. For those that sit behind a desk, make a few changes in your daily routine. Instead of taking the elevator, walk up the stairs whenever possible.

When on the phone, stand up from the desk and move about, as far as the cord will reach. Instead of calling a colleague on the phone to discuss something, walk over to their desk.

For individuals that stand on their feet for the entire day, consider wearing better shoes, with heels that are 1” or lower. Whenever possible, change your position for at least a little while. Consider taking breaks where you sit down for just a few minutes at a time. Shift weight back and forth from one foot to the other, and take a short stroll.

This will help minimize muscle soreness while increasing the flow of blood.

Other serious conditions that can cause harm to the body and risk health and fitness is typing too much. It can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, and wreak havoc on the muscles and nerves in the arms and wrists. Additionally, the eyes can be affected when the computer screen is too close.

Maximize the computer screen distance by positioning it at least an arm’s length away. Make sure that the computer screen is at the same level as your eyes.

Burnout or Stress

The types of jobs where you sit in one position or stand in the same position all day tend to lead to burnout and stress. Many of the common signs of chronic stress include mental exhaustion, emotional fatigue, sleeplessness, stomach aches, headaches, colds and flu’s, along with muscular tension. Consider performing breathing exercises or meditating while walking.

They can help maximize your health and fitness while alleviating stress.