Exercise Your Body Inside and Out

Exercise Your Body Inside and Out

Working out not only keeps your body in shape, it’s also good for your mind.


The benefits of exercise go beyond your body. Exercise lifts self-esteem, builds your immune system, strengthens your brain and lightens anxiety and depression. Here are a few fun ideas to ramp up your exercise routine, without spending hours at the gym. As always, consult a doctor before you start a new exercise regimen to see if you’re cleared to do so.

Resist/Shop/Resist/Shop
A trip to the grocery store can provide great cardio and resistance exercise if you put your mind to it. For aerobics, try brisk walking between shops and aisles. For resistance, carry your bags or basket rather than using a cart. Squat to reach products on lower shelves and do calf raises while in line.

Give Your Metabolism a Kick-start
Make sure you do one session of high-intensity exercise a week. Or try doing one session of interval training — short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short recovery periods — and then alternate these high/low intensity bursts throughout one session.

Go For a Walk on Your Lunch Break
Try to find at least three different routes and vary them. Bring a pair of gym shoes to work with you, and take a walk around the building. Or if you’re up for a challenge, try going up and down the stairs. If you work in the city, try to map a route that will have you going over a variety of things — stairs, inclines, etc. — and ending back at your building. Listen to your favorite music and take the time to release both physical and mental tension.

Squeezing Exercise in at Work
Just because you’re at a desk all day doesn’t mean you can’t get a few minutes of exercise in! Try some of these:

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  • Sit on your chair and squeeze your bottom for 10 sets of 10. Do a set of push-ups using your arms against your desk.
  • Leg extensions are good for your abs — sit on your chair, hold your legs straight and lift up and down.
  • Use the restroom on the floor above your own.

Get a Personal Trainer
It’s difficult to make progress when you do the same thing week after week, year after year. Try something new! You’ll also have the support of a professional whose job is to maximize your fitness level and motivate you. Personal trainers can help anyone — novice or beginner — reach her fitness goals. While it may be pricey, if you’re serious about fitness and need a little oomph to push yourself and stay amped up, a personal trainer might be the key.

Get Outdoors
For those who cringe at the thought of lacing up and going out for a run, there are other options outside that can help you stay fit. A hike, kayaking, or joining a local just-for-fun sports team can all add to your overall fitness. The best part is that you might not even notice you’re exercising because of how much fun you have. Finding something you truly enjoy doing will make it something you look forward to. You’ll release stress and burn calories — all the while doing something you love.

On top of physically finding yourself with more energy and stamina, getting fit helps clear your mind and de-stress in special ways. Using these ideas, you’ll be able to fit exercise (and all its mental benefits) into your life. Whether you’re just starting out, getting back into it or just needed to find new ways to get a quick workout in during your day, getting into a regular exercise regimen can only do good things!

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