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Exercise Tips for the Lazy Person

Exercise Tips for the Lazy Person
    written by
    Clarissa Pharr

    If
    you are anything like this reviewer, the mere mention of gyms, diets and
    exercise regimes has you breaking into mild panic.When
    friends sit around and discuss the facilities at the latest gym and trade
    calorie information on their low-fat snacks with the all the shrewdness of stockbrokers;
    it can be a bit much.

    Should
    we lie about the fact that Chipsy is our snack of choice, that we haven’t seen
    the inside of a gym in months, and that we often make plans based on the
    distance between our parking space and the door?

    The
    fact is that exercise is important;
    so we’ve worked long and hard to come up with a list of easy tips to make even
    the laziest of laze-abouts (ahem) move a little.

    At the Office Too often, we use work as
    an excuse. Having to sit in front of a computer all day long can certainly do
    damage to the figure, but it’s not that hard to mix up your daily office
    routine with a few friendly activities to keep yourself in shape. Stand up and
    stroll to the other end of the hall every hour or so– even this small amount of
    effort will increase circulation; plus, some say that breaking concentration with movement actually
    stimulates the brain to focus and think more creatively. Shake out your feet
    and hands; roll your neck from side to side, and stretch to loosen your
    shoulders and back.

    The Little Changes Count Fight your instincts! A
    big part of getting exercise is making your body do things that it isn’t used to. Used
    to parking as close as possible to your office? Park a few streets away and
    make the walk. Tired of waiting for the elevator? Every other day, take the
    stairs instead of summoning the lift on autopilot. Not only will this engage
    muscles that we personally fear have atrophied long ago, but the added physical
    impulse will have you feeling more awake and alert during the work day.

    Get thee to a gym…Now! If you’ve got as far as
    joining a gym, don’t panic! Don’t discard your lazy-person-badge just yet; how
    often do you actually manage to make it onto the treadmills? An easy tip is to
    sidestep your after-work plans, and head directly to the gym from work; even if
    you only last twenty minutes, a post-work workout will do your body good.

    Avoid Intimidating Workout Machines If you share our aversion
    to weight-lifting and fancy aerobics gadgets; keep it basic. We suggest
    investing in a stretch band, which allows you to exercise muscles in the
    shoulders, biceps and triceps, as well as stretching key back muscles. You can
    purchase one of various resistance levels and for a range of price and quality at
    sporting goods stores such as Sports
    Mall
    .

    For You Fashionistas We firmly believe that we
    lazy people really just need a little incentive; if you believe that exercise
    hardly sounds appealing, try to make it fun. We know it’s a little unfair to
    leave the gentlemen out, but we couldn’t resist this; ladies, did you know that
    wearing high heels actually works certain calf and back muscles? We’re not
    saying dress to the nines in your most daring stilettos every day, but if you
    incorporate heels into your outfit three to four times a week; you’ll have the
    double benefit of feeling ladylike-fancy and working some new muscles.

    So
    take it from us: adding a little movement to your daily routine makes a
    noticeable difference, boosting mood and moral, and giving us a healthier
    feeling. Ridiculous as these small steps may sound, we’ve learned that taking
    it slow and embracing small changes work the best for us lazy people, and
    generally makes us feel happier and better about ourselves. And that is a very
    good thing.

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