Most of us sit on our butts for hours – bound to our desk or stuck in traffic jams. If you’ve been leading a sedentary lifestyle or bound to your desk most of the time, and desire to improve your health through exercising, start now while you can! Afterall, you don’t need to immediately dash to the gym or sprint to the park – it’s best to start slow by doing some physical activities first and then gradually start exercising. Both activities are very important to maintain your physical and mental health.
What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?
Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as walking, gardening, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. You can do this any time, even NOW. Just stand up and start walking to the loo, even if you don’t need to go. Make yourself an excuse to walk.
Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. You could also do this now – just raise your legs repetitively under the desk. Nobody needs to know.
Basically, both activities burn calories but at a different rate.
Take Gradual Steps
To prevent injuries, perhaps you could start with the simplest physical activity : walking. It requires no equipment, except a pair of walking or jogging shoes. Even if you’re provided with your own desk-printer, use the common printer so that you could take a walk to retrieving your papers. Walk as much as possible and make it a habit to skip the elevators. Then, do brisk walking – walk faster.
When you are ready, start jogging. You don’t have to immediately take a 3 mile jog. Start with a 5-minute jog and 10-minute walk repetitions, then gradually increase your jogging time. Don’t over-exert yourself, you don’t want to get too tired or fall ill and adversely affect your productivity at the workplace. You’ll feel tired at first, but believe me, you’ll also feel much better and lighter at the same time.
Types of Exercises
There are 4 types of exercises : and Balance. Your physical and mental health will get more benefits if you could find the time to do them all. But please make sure that you consult your doctor first if you believe there are any health issues involved.
For info regarding these exercises, do read at www.fitness-over40.com. I’m over 40, so that’s my page. 😀 The younger ones could do anything….
– Basic Exercises for the Desk-Bound Executives