Thank you for joining our health corner today. We have already looked at two nutritious gifts and the awesome benefits that they provide for our bodies; apples and lemons. Today we will move on to the “E” in N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. which stands for exercise. Exercise does not have to be hard. There are fun and easy ways to exercise at home.
Before we head into the easy ways to exercise at home. We want to share this devotional thought with you.
Do you have a wishlist?
Sometimes as christians we go to God with a long wishlist. Sometimes we question Him. You may ask,” why don’t I have the car I want, or the house I want, why don’t I have a spouse, why can’t I finish school, why didn’t I get the promotion, why can’t I have children or lose weight or why am I still struggling with the same sickness?”
Our bodies need exercise. Exercise not only strengthen our muscles and bones but it helps to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Isn’t that great? When we exercise this makes our brain more sensitive to harmones that relieve feelings of depression. We also produce more endorphins when we exercise which produce favorable or positive feelings and also reduces the perception of pain. Exercise also reduces the risk of chronic diseases. But how can I exercise at home the easy way? Now that we know just how important exercise is let’s get straight into the easy ways that we can exercise at home.
4 Easy Ways to Exercise at Home
When in doubt consult your doctor before doing any form of exercise. If you have the green light you may proceed.
While at home we can still keep active. We can do this by playing our favourite song and jogging up and down the stairs. If you are unable to jog up and down the staircase you may even jog on the spot for a pre-determined time. Set your own pace and gradually improve your speed to something that you are comfortable with. If jogging is a bit advanced you may walk up and down the stairs or move your arms and legs on the spot for a few minutes. Atleast 10 minutes is recommended for each activity but if you need to take a break or reduce your pace do what is best at your level until you are more advanced. You may ask, how does this even help to keep me fit? Well apart from strengthening your muscles and bones it improves your cardiovascular or heart health and helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
Using a Chair to Exercise
Another simple and fun exercise is chair sit ups. Find a comfortable area at home. Start playing some music and at certain intervals stand to your feet just a bit wider than your hips then sit back on the chair. As soon as you sit stand again. Try to atleast do 25 of these per day until you are more advanced and can do even more than 30. Another easy way to use your chair to exercise is by doing knee extensions. To do this you must sit up straight and your feet must be flat on the floor. Slowly lift your right foot toward the ceiling as far as you can then return to the original position. After atleast 7 times you may start with the left foot and repeat thereafter. Chair sit-ups and knee extensions are easy ways to exercise at home. Even though these are super easy ways to exercise it builds strength in your quadriceps. Try to do these forms of exercise atleast once per day. You can join with a family member or friend to make exercising even more fun. See who can do the most sit-ups. Lets be happy and healthy.
More Fun and Easy Ways to Exercise at Home
Another easy exercise is the plank. You can try this with your knees bent or straight if you are comfortable. Bend your elbows and rest your arms on the floor. Try to stay in this position for 30 – 60 seconds. This exercise strengthens your core. This means they strengthen basically the whole body from your spine to your shoulder and even your abdominal muscles. Join with a family member and have fun exercising at home.
A lunge is another fun and easy way to exercise. You can do this by standing and having your feet a few inches apart while staring directly infront of you. Next, step forward with your right leg while slowly lowering your hips toward the floor and bending both knees. Keep the knee on the right leg in line with the ankle. Keep your arms down at your sides. Hold the lunge for a minute then step back. You can repeat for a few minutes then use the other leg.
Alot of people are spending more time at home. Being at home does not mean that you cannot exercise and have fun doing it. Our bodies need exercise. Once our doctors give us the green light we should be spending atleast 30 minutes a day to exercise. Since there are easy ways to exercise at home we can start right away. We looked at four easy ways to exercise at home. Lets recharge and keep fit.
What are you waiting for? Get your exercise mat and join in with a family member. Let’s not get bored but let us be happy and healthy and engage in fun and easy ways to exercise at home.
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