Indoor Walking Exercise or House Walking as It’s Called
House Walking – Love it or hate it, it works!
Healthy House Walking – Quick Tips To Staying Healthy Indoors
Staying healthy and exercising is of course the best things we can do for our bodies. The problem though for many of us is that we either don’t have the time, space or are just not physically capable of getting out of the house to get a good workout in.
This shouldn’t stop you though from at least getting some basic exercise through walking. Not only are more and more scientific studies coming out showing the huge benefits of walking but it’s easy to do and you can do it anywhere!
Being in the great outdoors is an awesome way to exercise and we get that! But sometimes there are things that keep us home bound and there is no reason to give up our daily walks or tank our step counts.
Walking around your house (with the intent for exercise,) is what house walking is all about. The good news is just about everyone can do it!
Now we aren’t talking about popping in a video and walking in place. We are taking about making an indoor walking track right in your home. Around the couch, down the hall and and up the stairs. Make it fun and burn some calories!
Did you know that the average person sits about 15 HOURS PER DAY? That’s a lot of sitting and it’s unhealthy!
We love anything that results in calorie-burning, and house walking definitely does just that. Make it your goal to get up and move 10 minutes out of every hour. If you can do more than that then even better!
Depending on your weight, we burn about 50 calories for every 10 minutes of brisk walking that we do.
If you need incentive to walk more, we suggest you buy yourself a fitbit. We love the fitbit and they are reasonable priced for the life changing benefits that they create.
You can read more about the benefits of the Fitbit here.
Start by tracking your steps for a few days to see where your activity level is. You want to aim for 10,000 steps a day, but start out slowly if this seems daunting.
Experts agree that taking 2-3 weeks to reach the goal of 10,000 steps is a good idea if you want to reach the goal but are finding it difficult. Don’t give up, keep going and you will see big improvements in just 2 weeks.
You don’t need fancy gym membership to get healthy or lose weight. You just need a decent pair of walking shoes and the motivation to find the time to get in at least 10,000 steps per day.
Benefits of House Walking –
- It’s Healthy to Keep Moving
- You can House Walk in your Pj’s
- No one Cares what Your Hair looks like
- Burn Calories
- You can House Walk During a Snow Storm
- You don’t Need an Umbrella
- House Walking Fits in Your Busy Schedule
- You can House Walk with Kids
When to House Walk
- Talking on the phone (Learn to always stand or walk while on the phone.)
- Cooking dinner – while waiting for things to: boil, bake, thaw, or microwave.
- TV Commercials.
- Listening to the Radio.
- When you have some free time – set your clock timer to 5 minutes and get walking.
- Take a quick walk around the house before you do the dinner dishes.
- Listen to Audio Books
- While Thinking
- While Dusting
- Baking a Cake
- Before Breakfast
- After Dinner
Many people will think that just walking around the house couldn’t possibly be beneficial to your health, but it is! Sitting for long periods of time has been proven to be just as bad for you as smoking. So even if you are just getting up and moving around the house you are already doing wonders for your long-term health.
Here are some quick ways you could add more indoor walking into your daily routine:
– Don’t touch that remote!
The easiest way to get off that couch and get moving is to literally get off the couch! Next time you need to change the channel on the TV, don’t use the remote. Get up and change the channel on the actual TV. You’ll not only find that this gets you off the couch much more often but you’ll be surprised at some of the great TV you would have missed if you were just flipping channels so quickly.
– Make the most of your stairs
Most houses will have stairs somewhere. Whether it’s a two story house or a 1 story house with a basement. Going up and down stairs is incredibly good exercise. It gets your heart pumping and uses leg muscles that normal walking does not. Adding a few trips up and down the stairs to your daily routine could end up making a big difference to your overall health and potentially your waistline.
– Don’t sit on the phone
An easy way to get more steps into your life is by standing and walking while you are on the phone. You’ll be surprised how much walking you can get in this way. Since you are usually pre-occupied with the phone you won’t even notice how much walking you are getting in!
Even if you just utilize one of these tips you will be doing yourself a world of good when it comes to your overall health. Sitting and not being active is the worst thing you can do, so why not just get up and walk around the house!
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