LAZY GUIDE TO WORKING OUT

FROM THE FIELDS- ISSUE #85

Skipped a workout? Fell off the workout bandwagon? We’ve done some research on fitness routines and we’ve got a lazy one for you- yes, you can be lazy and still get a workout.

FOR SOME, getting into a fitness routine is easy. And for others, well…let’s just say we would like abs and eat cake too. Well, we are happy to tell you can- in moderation of course. There are several ‘lazy’ ways to get you body activated on the inside- no, we’re not talking about foods. Mix and match with these activities and see how different you feel in a week. From physical evidence to spiritual, the results will shine through. Positive results create positive changes.

LAZY GUIDE TO WORKING OUT:

INFARED SAUNA- sitting in heat, creating a sweat is like a workout- emphasis on the ‘like’.  After a busy day a work, being able to sit and de-stress is really important for your overall health. Releasing the tension in your muscles and allowing your body to detoxify through your sweat glands- all within moderation of course. Prolonged sessions in saunas may put you at risk for heat stroke, burns and dehydration. So remember to re-hydrate after every session. 

THE BALL CHAIR- replace your standard office chair with an exercise ball. Sitting properly on the ball requires subtle muscle contractions of the core, hip and leg muscles to maintain balance, which contribute to muscle tone. And be sure to inflate the ball to its proper height; your thighs should be parallel to the floor when you’re seated on the ball. But don’t ‘over-sit’! That can cause strain on your lower back- especially if your core is not strong at the moment. Do it for 30-40 minutes at a time and break it up with standing or going for a quick walk. The less stationary you are, the better it is for your muscles.

A WALK- Ok, this one is not entirely lazy but just the light motion of getting your body moving can count as a workout. The Havard Medical Journal published an article on the health benefits of walking and how it can count as a ‘work-out’. The three elements that physical activities depend on are the intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise. For example, walking is less intensive than running; therefore you have to walk for longer periods to attain the same amount of benefits. Going for a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes, five days each week is equivalent to an intense aerobic exercise (such as running) for at least 20 minutes three days each week- but that 20 minutes doesn’t include the warm up and cool down post run. So going for a brisk walk may seem like it takes longer but it’s one of the “laziest” ways to stay fit with minimal effort.

So the next time you skip the gym, try incorporating our lazy guide to working out into your weekly regime.