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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Effortless Exercise Begins with Stretching

I know that exercise has 8 letters in it but I have always considered it to be somewhat of a 4 letter word. The reason why this is the case is because exercise has always been something that is very inconvenient for me to do. I don't know about you but I have a life outside of the time that I spend in the gym. As a matter of fact, I rarely find my way over to the gym in the first place because I tend to keep myself a little bit too busy. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't like to stay in shape.

The easiest way for you to stay in shape is to get a little bit of exercise that is somewhat effortless. Although it is still going to take a little bit of time, you can usually do these exercises in the privacy of your own home and on your own schedule. As a matter of fact, some of the effortless exercises that I do take me less time than it takes me to drive over to the gym in the first place. I am able to save a lot of time and in most cases I don't sweat to the extent where I need to get cleaned up after I am finished.

The main way that I get this exercise in my life is through stretching. Have you ever seen how lean and fit a gymnast is? Although they may do a variety of different exercises and they certainly do get their cardiovascular workout in on a regular basis, a lot of their fitness comes as a direct result of stretching. They may spend hours every week stretching out every last muscle in their body in order to remain limber and to be able to do some of the acrobatics that they do.

You can achieve the same results by stretching on a regular basis yourself. Even getting up every hour from the desk and stretching your neck and back will help you to stay fit. Having a regular regime of stretching is not only effortless, it feels great and it can go a long way in helping to lengthen your muscles and to make you look good as well. So the next time you think about hitting the gym, do a little bit of stretching instead. You will benefit as a result of what you are doing and you will not have to expend all of the effort in order to do it.

How to Park Your Car for Fitness

Very few of us have the time anymore to exercise on a regular basis. Although we may go to the gym from time to time, many of us are looking for a way that we can incorporate exercise into our everyday activities. This is certainly possible but it is going to take an effort on your part to a certain extent. Although it may not seem much like exercise, any activity that you do is considered exercise, whether you are going to do it regularly or not. A good example of this is choosing how to park your car properly.

A car is certainly one of the more convenient things that we own. Because of the rising price of gas, it has also become one of the more expensive things that we own. Many of us have stopped driving whenever it is unnecessary in order to save money on gas. Did you realize that this can not only save you money but it may actually help you to get in shape? After all, if you live close enough to the places where you work and shop, you may be able to leave your car sit in the driveway and walk to wherever you're going.

One thing that you don't want to do is to take off on a very long walk if you are not up to the challenge. For example, if you live 10 miles away from work you should not attempt to walk to and from work on a daily basis if you have never walked before. That doesn't mean that you cannot get some exercise in, in the meantime. Instead of walking to work, why not get your bicycle out and ride your bike to work on a daily basis? Bike riding is an enjoyable pastime, you will get there relatively quickly along with getting plenty of exercise in the process.

You may also make smarter choices when it comes to parking your car when you do go out. Instead of driving around for a few minutes looking for the spot that is closest to the store, park as far out in the parking lot as possible and walk there. It may not seem like much but it is not necessary for you to do all of your walking at one time for it to benefit you. Take 12 five-minute walks during the week and you will have an hour under your belt. It is really that simple.