Studies have shown that slim people exercise an average of 150 minutes longer each day than overweight people. But exercise doesn't mean that you have to do a sweat-inducing work-out: If you simply challenge your body a little in everyday life
, you're already doing a lot for your health – and your calorie balance. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or cycling to the office or university in the morning instead of driving: With such small exercise units in everyday life, you can keep fit even without special training.
Fast walking to the bus stop, vacuuming or snow shovelling get your cardiovascular system going and activate your metabolism
. With a few short in-between exercises, you can reinforce this effect: a few sit-ups while the pasta water is boiling, or five squats while the computer boots up. If you have physical limitations, you can also use simpler or less intensive exercises (for example with a sitting ball): The only important thing is that you also increase the amount of exercise in everyday life. All in all, these movement sequences spread over the day lead to higher calorie consumption
- and this helps you lose weight without diet and exercise. Also for your general health this brings some advantages: Exercise improves the blood circulation in numerous muscle areas and your immune system also benefits from the regular, but not too strong body load.
Physical activity also stimulates intestinal activity
: For example, casual walking improves the blood circulation in the intestine, the intestinal motor function increases and the ingested food passes through the intestine in a shorter time. With a little exercise in everyday life you support your digestion – and this, in turn, has a positive effect on your sense of satiety.