Gym memberships may be nice, and can be quite beneficial, but aren’t essential to keeping on top of one’s exercise game. A pair of sturdy walking shoes, a bottle of water, and enough gas in the car to get me there are all I need to take advantage of this delightful walking area. From the bridge (seen in the distance) to our harbor is around a mile, so a round-trip provides a good workout.
Walking routes are only limited by our imagination. I’ll often ride my bike to our city’s hospital, which is a half-mile from our house. Hubby and I use the professional scales set up in a hallway there to check our weight, and I’ll often (especially if it is just way too hot outside) take to the halls and stairs for a 30 minute walk. I recently read a post from a woman who said she’ll walk the perimeter of her local warehouse store a few times to get her steps in, and of course, many can take an after-dinner stroll (or power-walk) in their own neighborhood.
Swimming is a cheap or free way to experience a mega-calorie burn. There’s a lake about half an hour away from us, and we sometimes swim at a friend’s pool. A large natatorium in a neighboring city costs a reasonable $3.00 per adult as well.
Stretch bands are inexpensive, and give us a chance to engage in strength training, which along with aerobic/cardio and stretching, comprises a good three-prong approach to physical fitness. And lunges, squats, jumping jacks and crunches can be done without any equipement other than our own muscles, bones and will-power!
What are some of your favorite exercises that help you head toward your weight-loss goal by burning more calories than you consume?
Thought for the day:
Invite someone to exercise with you; you can burn calories and build a friendship at the same time!
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