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Exercises for Inside the House

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

emoticon You hear the weather forecast and learn the temperatures will be 100+ for the next several weeks! That's not surprising if you live in Arizona, and lots of other states are too hot to get out and enjoy outdoor exercise. The temperatures may not be as hot but add humidity and it makes exercise an unattractive option.

I'm basically pretty lazy when it comes to exercise. I'm forced to do it or my arthritis will win, and I won't be able to move at all. Now it's super hot outside, but I know if I stop exercising I will suffer even worse. I've come up with a plan.

1. I do 25 push-ups by the sink or by a chest of drawers. I try to do this about 3 times each day, and that's 25 each time. Build up to that number if you have to.

2. I do leg lifts, which work the muscles in my legs and stretches them at the same time. I do about 10 on each leg, and try to do 3 reps.

3. Nothing to do with exercise, but it's a good idea to drink a glass of water after each of these.

4. Squats are a great exercise, and even if you just do a few at a time, you're up there moving. Try doing a few during the commercials on TV.

5. Develop your own set of stretches. Reach for the sky, one arm at a time, then both together.
Stretch down to the floor. When you touch the tip of your fingers to the floor you're a winner; when you can place your whole hand on the floor (without bending your knees) you are really awesome! Don't forget the side to side twists --keep that waistline trim.

6. I make a game with myself. I can read 10 pages of a book. Then I have to get up and walk 150 steps to help out on my pedometer. I can read 10 more, then do my push-ups. 10 more and I do another exercise. It all adds up --you'll see the difference on the scale, and also when you try on those skinny jeans.

These are just a few of the little movements you can get in. You will come up with many of your own. I like to keep a list of these small movements I can make during the day -- I read an article telling about moves like I've mentioned, and I think "why didn't I think of that -- it's something I can do."

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    Fantastic tips. That's a great way to work the program.

    2103 days ago
  • PSMITH3841
    Good tips....occasionally, when I feel I've not exercised like I should have, I have Zoey chase me up and down the stairs....Just a couple times gets us both panting and ready for some water! Plus, we've both burned excess calories. Most of the time, when a good tune comes on , we will Dance! Zoey loves to dance and she usually gets a "treat" after it's over. emoticon emoticon
    2105 days ago
    Great ideas, all!!! Thank you!! emoticon
    2106 days ago
    That is the kind of routine I like. Unstructured workouts I think woud be the way to describe them. emoticon
    2109 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
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    2110 days ago
  • 4_MY_LIFE
    Great ideas!!
    2110 days ago
  • JACK714
    Good suggestions.
    2110 days ago
    What a wonderful and timely post! It has been so extremely hot, just the heat has been de-energizing. But your ideas come to the rescue. Good ways to get the inertia going the other way. Thank you for being a great cheerleader!


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    2110 days ago
    emoticon Ideas will have to give them a try I do like the one read your book then exercise really like that one keep up the good work
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    2110 days ago
    emoticon I have a similar plan, that I do, when stuck inside, also! But, just to add to your list, I, also, jump all around, waving my arms, just acting silly, when I have a few minutes, like when I am microwaving something, waiting to let my dog back in, etc. I try to keep moving every second that I have, or find; just to burn a few calories. I find this more refreshing, and productive; than just sitting down, doing nothing. I see those as wasted minutes, or seconds; when I could have been doing some sort of exercising, or stretching! Keep doing what you are doing! More power to you!

    2111 days ago
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