4 Ways to Exercise without Breaking a Sweat – Get the exercise you need during lunch!
Breaking a sweat is part of exercising, but what if you want to minimize sweating when exercising during work hours?
When we exercise, our muscles warm up to optimum temperature. As you warm up, you begin sweating, and this is your body’s way to regulate body temperature and help keep it from overheating. But you want to get some exercise in during lunchtime without getting sweaty? Here are 4 quick tips to keep you from breaking a sweat as you get your exercise in during work hours.
1) Walking – Walking is a basic exercise that helps you get some fresh air and allows you to get away from the stresses of the workplace. It’s easy to do, and you can control the intensity as you please. Is it a colder day outside? You can walk slightly faster than you would on a hot day without breaking a sweat. On a warm day, you can slow your tempo and enjoy the breeze.
2) Stretching – Your muscles tighten up when you sit at your desk for hours on end. Stretching can alleviate a lot of the tension and get the blood flowing to all areas of your body, helping you feel better and more awake. There are 2 basic types of stretching: 1) Static stretching, the type of stretching most people think about when they think ‘stretching.’ Static stretching is when you stretch your muscle till you reach its range of motion and hold it. 2) Dynamic stretching, considered useful in sports because you are able to retain explosive power without the slight loss in power seen in static stretching. View this YouTube video to get an idea of dynamic stretching.
3) Isometrics – Isometric exercises are slightly different in that you don’t move, instead you hold poses under the tension of your own body weight. Holding the positions for isometric exercises usually does not last for much longer than a minute, depending on your level of fitness. Isometric exercises strengthen the joint and muscles at the angle you hold it at, so you will want to try different angles for maximum benefit. “Planks” have been very popular lately, check this video out for a core strengthening isometric exercise.
4) Breathing – Make breathing part of your exercise routine too. Find a quiet place to sit, relax and breathe. Deep breathing helps combat stress and will clear your body and mind. Sit up straight and slowly inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. As you repeat this process, try clearing your mind. At first, clearing your mind will be difficult, so try visualizing a place you would like to be: a tropical island beach, in a lush green forest, cascading waterfalls, etc. Get some more instruction by watching this breathing exercise video.
It’s hard to find time to exercise when we have a full time job and many home commitments, but by using the extra time during lunch to exercise, you’ll be able to keep energy levels up during the day and get a good night’s sleep. I’ll be covering 4 tips to control your sweating in my upcoming post.
Do you have any tips on ways to exercise without breaking a sweat?
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