Tips to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

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Having a busy life means less time for the things that we need. Sometimes this can be time spent relaxing, time spent with friends, or providing ourselves the food we need. One of the biggest needs that are not often met because of a busy life is exercise.

Exercise is vital to our health and it is important that we do not take how much movement and stretching our bodies need for granted. The common misconception is often that exercise requires a gym membership, which is not true. There are plenty of ways to get the exercise you need to live a healthy life, and fit it into your daily routine. 

Check out these tips to see how to incorporate it into your routine.

1. Yoga

Yoga is so simple because you just need anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour of free time. You can implement a lot of poses, or really work on one pose that helps you stretch areas of need in your body. Yoga is great because it is so cheap. The biggest expense you need is the mat, and those are under $10 most of the time. Even at work on your break you can start doing some yoga, or at home between chores.

2. Bodyweight Exercises

Body weight exercises like squats, pushups, dips, wall sits, and planks are simple, yet effective ways to build muscle and keep in shape. These are all possible without equipment, but it still guarantees results. The reason why body weight exercises are so popular, aside from their cost effectiveness, is that they are less stressful than heavy weight exercises. Much like yoga, these can be done anywhere too. You just need some space in your home, or on break at work, and you can get your body moving to prevent stiffness.

3. Rowing Machine

Rowing machines are awesome exercise equipment. They allow for a great range of motion, and help with cardiovascular exercise as well as muscle building. While they are not the cheapest option on this list, it is worth it according to the experts at, because the dollar to value ratio is pretty handy. They last a long time, they are easy to use, and they are able to work a good range of exercise needs. Building muscle is important, but so is improving your cardio. Having a rowing machine in your house is also a good way to keep yourself from making excuses as to why you missed the gym.

4. Stretching Routine

Most people have a specific area in their body that they should be regularly stretching. It is completely normal to need to focus on certain parts of the body over others. Hips and lower back are pretty common areas of concern for exercise because they receive a lot of stress in daily life from bending over, and sitting too long. Consider making a specialized stretching routine for your body that focuses on the needs that you may have and dedicate 10 to 30 minutes a day/night to stretch these areas out. 

5. Take the Stairs When Possible

If you work in an office building, live in an apartment, or routinely have the option of taking escalators or elevators, consider using the stairs instead when you get the chance. Taking the stairs is a super simple alternative that will help benefit you in the long run. Stairs are a good way to keep the muscles and joints in your legs working well. Similar to getting up and walking around every so often, taking the stairs is a good enough exercise that you only need to do a few times a day, and you can even couple it with the other exercise options on this list.

Getting the proper amount of exercise in your daily life does not need to be a time consuming or financial burden. The need for exercise is so important that you should value how much of it you truly need. There are simple ways to get off the couch, or get out of your office chair and get moving. The idea that you need a gym membership to get the proper workout is an outdated idea.

The helpful tips here can give you the most out of your time if you stick to them and develop the habit. Exercise can be fun and done in your living room, on your break at work, and even through the ways you get to and from places.

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