It’s the beginning of a new year and you’re excited about the fitness goals you set. Then it hits you, not fear, not the urge to take a nap, or the desire to quit, but the frigid air that slapped your face when you opened your front door. You quickly slam it shut and run to hide under your blankets. Then you ask yourself if your goals are realistic, because unless you can walk next to a space heater there is no way you will reach your daily step goal. The good news is that although I can’t warm up your outdoor temperatures, I can give you some examples of how to reach your daily step goal without leaving your house.
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- Get a treadmill
Treadmills are a great option if you have the space. They allow you to move your body in the same manner as you would typically power walk through your neighborhood. Some people feel safer walking on a treadmill because they know that if they wear out before their workout is done, they don’t have to figure out how the heck they are going to make it home. Click here for a list of treadmills that will fit your home and budget.
Steppers are great for those who struggle with walking, but still want to move their hips. When I first began incorporating walking into my fitness goals, I couldn’t walk for without my back muscles and tendons attacking my spine. Until I began PEMF therapy, those muscles would not tolerate the motion of walking, so I tried a stepper. My stepper allowed me to get in a workout without the extra pain that walking across a surface would and increased my balance. Later after I added daily PEMF treatments to my pain management plan, I was able to begin going for walks.
3. Step aerobics
Ok, don’t laugh, but yes I am suggesting that you partake in step aerobics! It is a great workout that can be done in any room of not just your home, but you can also take your step and instructional DVD with you on road trips. Depending on how light you pack, you may even fit it into your luggage when flying.
4. Dance party
You don’t have to have little kids at home to appreciate this one, but if you do be sure to include them. Blast your favorite music and dance, dance, dance!!! Dancing will do more than help you reach your steps, it will give you a full body workout!
5. Home tour
Set a timer and walk around your home.
6. Step in place
One of my favorite ways to get steps in is to step and/or jog in place while watching television, cooking, and while doing dishes. Anytime I find myself on my feet, I start stepping.
How do you reach your daily step goal without heading outside?
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