3 fitness hacks you can try out of the gym for maximum results

So you want to get healthy, you have been told by your doctor that daily exercise has to be a part of your routine. OR you read it somewhere that exercising is one of the ways to live a healthy life and. But wait!!! How on earth are you going to fit 30-35mins of exercise into your already busy day? You barely have time to do your regular daily tasks, where on earth are you going to find 30 minutes to exercise EVERYDAY? You don’t even have a gym near you; besides all those fitness buffs in the gym can be so intimidating, and it is hard to keep up with the exercises and you always end up discouraged and you just give up all together.

Don’t worry, there are so many ways to get your daily exercise easily, without going to the gym

Hack #1

Increase office activity.

Many of us arrive at work, ride the elevator to our floors, sit at our desks all day till the day is over, ride the elevators back down and drive back home.

When at work, do not take the elevator EVER, always take the stairs. Keep your work shoes in your office, wear comfortable shoes from home to make the climb easier. Stop to rest when you are tired and continue.

If you need to talk to someone in the office, do not call them on the intercom. GET UP and go to their desks or office. Go and fetch your files or other work materials yourself. Any reason you can get to move around, do so.

At the end of the work day, take the stairs back down.

Hack #2

Reduce screen time.

Remember all those nineteen seventy something pictures where everyone is super skinny? Back then, there were not a lot of cars, TV started at 4pm and ended at midnight. There were no computers or mobile phones, everyone played outside.

These days, we are in front of a screen, most ours of the day. Television screen, computer screen, tablet screen, phone screen.

We need to put away our numerous screens and go outside. Play out door games like football and catch. Take evening strolls with loved ones, walk to your neighbor’s house to say hello etc.

Did you know that you can burn up to 250 calories by just dancing?! So whenever you can, play your favorite music and dance. Dance in church during praise and worship, dance at every party you go. I always dance at parties, not because I am a great dancer: I don’t even know the latest dance steps. I dance because I know I am getting my daily exercise done, burning an extra 200 calories won’t hurt right?.

Hack #3

Drink water.

Benefits of water drinking:

Adult humans are 70% water, our blood is made up of 90% water.

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking water instead of soda can help with weight loss.

Drinking water boosts skin health and beauty, it helps lubricates the joints and forms saliva and mucus

Water cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues, it regulates body temperature, aids digestion, flushes body waste through the kidneys.

When dehydrated, the airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

Water may also help with weight loss, if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas. Drinking water before meals can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.

Apart from all these benefits, if you drink enough water, you will be too busy going to the bathroom to be putting your nose in other people’s matters!!

So as you can see, you can be start on your fitness journey without going to the gym. Which of these hacks are you currently doing? Which ones are you going to implement today?

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Dr monisola Adanijo

Dr monisola Adanijo

I’m a Cardiologist, Medical Director of Naveen Healthcare, and I am in the business of preventing death from heart (cardiovascular) disease.

I have 22 years of experience working as a Doctor, and 12 years as a Consultant Cardiologist to several reputable hospitals. I’m also a wife, a mom, a fitness enthusiast, a speaker, and a medical philanthropist.

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