Monday, August 22, 2016

No Time for Exercise? No Problem!

Be Creative and Get Your Extra Exercise! 

With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in full swing, exercise and competition is on everybody's mind. But what if you are not an Olympic athlete? What if you can't run 400 meters in 43 seconds, or do cartwheels on a beam and land a double flip like Simone Biles? Is the thought of exercising overwhelming to you? Is the time that exercising takes overwhelming to you?

We don't have hours upon hours during our busy day to exercise. Time has been shown to be one of the greatest limiting factors for people not exercising. We are up early, hurry off to work, work hard, and then come home exhausted at the end of the day to spend quality time with our family.

So where do we begin? We can start by making small purposeful changes into our daily lives that will increase our overall physical activity. Studies have shown that purposefully increasing our everyday activity levels such as:
  •  taking the stairs instead of using the elevator or parking in the back of the parking lot can help improve a person’s overall health and well-being.
  • Setting a reminder on your smart phone to take a 15 minute walk at lunch is another great way to get moving and even relieve some stress.

It may take a little thought and planning, but these simple changes can be a great start to begin exercising and burning calories. Very simple changes and achievable goals will encourage you as you start to take care of yourself.

Remember, no one expects you to be an Olympian. Stay within yourself!
PTW's Tyler Haggerty is the Clinical Supervisor at Glenside For an initial evaluation, call Tyler at 215.887.2001 today for an appointment as soon as possible no prescription needed!