Did you miss the gym for the second time this week? Rather than give up on your fitness routine altogether, why not look into fitness workout alternatives that you can perform when you just don’t have the time or energy for the gym?
Gardening Burns Calories
Gardening is a great way to have an at-home workout when you have missed the gym or you have not had time to go for your daily jog in the park. According to Caloriecount.about.com, if you weigh 150lbs, and engage in an hour of gardening, you can burn as much as 272 calories. But if all you can manage is just 20 minutes of gardening, you can still burn around 90 calories. If you need to rake the leaves as they gather out front or mow the lawn, use the time spent gardening to get a good workout. Use your arms and leg muscles to get a more thorough workout. Gardening can leave you slightly breathless and invigorated.
Many of us would rather run for the hills than spend hours deep-cleaning our homes each week, but housework is an essential task that householders need to keep on top of if they hope to keep a clean home. In addition, housework can serve another useful purpose. If you have missed one or two workout routines, engaging in vigorous housework, even if all you could manage was a few minutes vacuuming or dusting, can help you to stay physically active.
Walk to the Bus Stop
Do you generally drive your children to the bus stop each morning for school? Is the bus stop just a block or two from your home? If so, keep the car in the driveway or garage and walk to the bus stop. Build up to a fast pace, to burn even more calories. Even though it will take longer to get to the bus stop, you will be moving and helping your children to boot.
If you have missed a few sessions at the gym, do not give up altogether on your fitness routine. You can still enjoy a vigorous workout without hitting the gym. Gardening burns calories, so pick up the rake or lawn mower, for an invigorating at-home routine. General housework can also help burn some calories when you are pushed for time or do not have the time or energy to make it to the gym. Or if you have children still at home, walk with them to the bus stop.
Caloriecount.about.com, Calories burned with gardening.