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5 Ways to Rev Up Your Routine

Experts suggest that staying fit and trim doesn't have to be a drag

Written by Healthy Magazine | Healthy-Mag.com

We all know that we need to exercise for our health but hitting the gym first thing in the morning or right after work can be anything BUT fun. Still, experts suggest that staying fit and trim doesn't have to be a drag, by simply finding the right routine and activity for you.

1. Hoofing It:

Walking and/or running are two of the most popular activities, fit for all ages, especially since walking is something most of us "have" to do. Walking speeds up the heart rate and can help improve your overall health. If you need a way to jump-start your walking routine, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or go shopping and walk around the entire mall. Since walking or running doesn't require any special equipment, it has become one of America's favorite pastimes and healthy alternatives.

Experts agree that walking is an excellent activity for fitness "fanatics" of all ages, even those who may have cardiac conditions or other "inhibitory" ailments. Plus, you can do it indoors, outdoors or on a treadmill. With spring around the corner, you can double the pleasure by taking a stroll around the neighborhood and enjoying the fresh air. Coupling the alfresco scene with a daily dose of regular fitness will make the overall experience more enjoyable. The important thing is that you keep moving.

Running will burn twice the amount of calories as walking but it is also harder on your heart, joints and muscles. For those already off to a running start, make sure you invest in the best shoes you can afford so they ensure proper arch support, ventilation and comfort.

2. Stroke Your Ego:

Doing the stroke or swimming is one of the best exercises for the entire body building not only muscle but physical endurance as well. If you happen to be a bit overweight or out of shape, you can start by doing some (supervised) aqua aerobics in a pool, which is generally easier on the joints.

3. Get A Jump Start:

Skipping rope is an inexpensive way to work out and you can do it practically anywhere. Not only does jumping rope tone and condition muscles, but also builds coordination. However, it can be hard on ankles, knees, feet, and back. And experts suggest looking for another exercise alternative if you already experience orthopedic problems.

4. Putting The Pedal To The Metal:

Stationary or mobile biking can be beneficial both indoors and out, as cycling builds both muscle and stamina. The great state of Utah is characterized by cascading mountain ranges, rough terrain and multiple off-road trails suitable for biking. Many locations up and down the Wasatch Front offer bike rentals for the Utahn on a budget.

5. Twenty-Three SKI-do:

Cross-country skiing is a great way to get some exercise and some fresh air during those cold winter months. Besides helping to generate heat, the relatively easy to learn sport with a low injury rate, also helps build endurance while working your upper and lower body, heart, and lungs. Hurry and take advantage of the snow while it lasts. With summer around the corner, many resorts are offering discounts and last-minute deals.

Article Reviewed: June 7, 2013
Copyright © 2014 Healthy Magazine

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