Fitness

Your best exercise plan

Author: Canadian Living

Fitness

Your best exercise plan

Regular exercise is essential for healthy living. Getting off the couch and doing something physical can improve your health in seemingly endless ways: improving mood, decreasing risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, increased cardiovascular health and boosting your body density (the list could go on and on...). You know it's important, so we've shared our best advice to make exercise a little easier and a lot more attainable.

If excuses are easy to come by when it's yoga night, take a look at our photo gallery below. Harvard associate professor of medicine Dr. Harvey B. Simon busts some of your favourite excuses. You'll also love easy, at-home exercises to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. Learn to maximize your fitness routine, plus easy ways to sneak more physical activity into your daily routine.

Photo gallery: 5 easy ways to beat exercise excuses

Exercise excuses are easy to make, but they're also easy to beat. Read on to find out how you can beat your exercise excuses.


If you're like me, you can come up with a million excuses for not working out. "My dog peed on my socks" and "I've got three kids to make dinner for" are a couple of my own favourites. It's amazing what you can rationalize, isn't it?

In his book The No Sweat Exercise Plan, Dr. Harvey B. Simon, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, provides good solid advice on how to overcome these and other common excuses.

Exercise for stronger bones

Besides calcium, you need exercise – the right kind – to keep your bones strong and osteoporosis at bay.


The best all-around bone-building exercises:
Squats and lunges strengthen your hips, thighs and butt and load the spine.

How to do a squat properly
Starting position: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight (don't hunch) and your shoulders over your toes (don't lean back).

6 ways to maximize your exercise

Maintain motivation and keep your fitness program strong with these simple suggestions.


You strive so hard to live healthy, and staying fit is part of that. But sometimes, you may feel like you're not giving your workout your 100 per cent. Maybe you exercise begrudgingly when you'd rather be doing something else, skip a workout and feel guilty, or you don't quite feel energized and pumped after a fitness session. A fitness routine is successful when you enjoy it and stick to it. So why not turn exercise into a habit rather than a hardship?

Working it out: Easy ways to exercise every day

Simple ways to exercise every day without spending hours at the gym
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Being active is just as important to a healthy weight as what we eat.
To stay in shape and improve your health, adults should do something physical at a moderate intensity for 30 to 60 minutes almost every day. “And that’s enough to get all the benefits of exercise,” says Nathalie Lambert, Olympic medalist and physical activity specialist.


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