Exercise is essential for weight loss or maintenance for most of us, but can be hard to fit into the schedule. Even for those of us with routines, they are disrupted by celebrations, holidays, and vacation. And for those of us who travel on business, it’s close to seemingly impossible at times. Here are three simple exercises that you can do anywhere and that require no other equipment than perhaps a pair of shoes or sneakers.
Walking is a great exercise almost anyone can do. You can walk almost anywhere. My parents even walk at the mall during inclement weather and I even do lots of walking in airports between connecting flights. Walking during lunch at work is a time honored tradition at many places. Many a person has kicked a weight loss program off with walking during lunch.
Climbing is a superb exercise, and although I don’t recommend climbing trees or mountains for everyone, climbing a few flights of stairs is great exercise. I’ll often climb instead of taking the elevator, and have been known to climb 40 flights in hotels after work! Of course you can also use an indoor stair climber, available in many hotels and most health clubs.
Running is much more intense, but requires only a pair or sneakers or running shoes and can be done almost anywhere. I prefer outdoors but indoors on a treadmill works well too, especially in hotels as most seem to have one and when the weather is foul outside. Running is an intense workout compared to walking and just about anything else and is a great way to burn calories quickly.
Of course be sure to get your doctors permission before starting any exercise program, and start slowly. Weight loss and fitness is not a sprint, it’s a life long marathon. The key is consistency. You need to regularly exercise, and since these three exercises can be done almost anywhere, you have no excuses.
Unfortunately to really lose weight you need exercise and some control over what you eat. Just exercise combined with excess eating just doesn’t cut it for most people, at least after your early 20s. You don’t need a formal diet necessarily, just like you don’t need a formal fitness program, but some self control. Skipping 2nds and 3rds at dinner and having an occasion turkey sandwich or salad for lunch should do for most people, as long as you stay active!