Check out these exercises you can do anywhere
“I don’t have time to exercise.”
It’s a common excuse used when avoiding the gym. Exercise doesn’t have to be formal, though. Four health professionals share how you can squeeze in exercise anytime, anywhere.
- “Stairs – I always take the stairs as fast as I (safely) can.” Dr. Aaron Traeger, pediatrician, Advocate Children’s Medical Group
- “Chair squats, lunges, standing squats, straight arm extensions, lateral extensions…these are all things can be done in a fairly small amount of time in a small amount of space. Try 15-30 reps.” Chris Carr, exercise physiologist, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
- “Take the stairs! This is a no-cost exercise in terms of time and money. I also do hamstring and quadricep stretches during meetings. It is a great way to keep blood flowing.” Dr. Dory Jarzabkowski, cardiologist, Advocate Heart Institute
- “For individuals who are strapped to their desk all day, I recommend a 15-minute workout comprised of 10 minutes of cardio (do things like running in place, machine gun punches, half squats, pretend jumping rope and torso twists for a minute each) and then follow with five minutes of stretching, focusing on your neck and back. This will get your muscles moving and stretched out.” Molly Smeltzer, wellness manager, Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center
About the Author
Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.