The advantages of working out at home include convenience, comfort, and safety. Many combine exercise with other activities, such as watching television, listening to music, or even reading. It also sets a good example for children. Older family members can use purchased equipment, making the one-time expense a little more justifiable.
HOME-GROWN ACTIVITY TIPS
- Do housework yourself instead of hiring someone else.
- Work in the garden or mow the grass. Using a riding mower doesn't count! Rake leaves, prune, dig, and pick up trash.
- Go for a short walk before breakfast, after dinner, or both! Start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 30.
- Walk or bike to the corner store instead of driving.
- When walking, pick up the pace from leisurely to brisk. Choose a hilly route. When watching TV, sit up instead of lying on the sofa. Better yet, spend a few minutes pedaling on your stationary bicycle. Throw away the video remote control. Instead of asking someone to bring you a drink, get up off the couch and get it yourself.
- Stand up while talking on the telephone.
- Walk the dog. Park farther away at the shopping mall and walk the extra distance. Wear your walking shoes and sneak in an extra lap or two around the mall.
- Stretch to reach items in high places and squat or bend to look at items at floor level.
- Keep exercise equipment repaired.