Here are simple changes you can make to become more active.
Getting active can be challenging when you are stuck in class or at work all day. Walking outside sometimes seems impossible on extremely busy days.
It is important to engage in physical activity not just for your physical wellbeing, but also for your mental well-being. A healthy lifestyle comes with many benefits, such as weight control, reduced cholesterol levels, and lower stress levels.
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To make physical activity a part of your daily routine, here are some ideas:
The stairs are the best option. Take the stairs to add movement to your day and increase your heart rate. You’ve probably heard this one before. If you continue to climb the stairs, you will notice that your body will benefit from the activity when you reach the top without being out of breath.
Walking is good for you. Various negative effects of prolonged sitting have been proven, including heart disease, obesity, cancer, etc. Getting up and moving every hour or so will help prevent some of these negative effects and get you moving. Work out when you wake up. Try doing some crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks before getting ready for work. In just a few minutes, you can set yourself up for a positive and healthy day.
The importance of reducing sitting time cannot be understated. Having metabolic problems increases the more sitting you do each day.
Try Wearing a pedometer. You can easily track your steps with this app. Even if you don’t have a fitness tracker, your phone automatically keeps track of how many steps you are taking when you have it with you. Seeing the number of steps you take get higher and higher throughout the day is fun and it is always a great feeling to see that you’ve met your step goal.
Make housework more active. When doing chores such as vacuuming or washing the dishes, be aware of your posture and the muscles you are using. Add some fun and exercise to your day by dancing while doing housework. Listening to music while cleaning the house will keep you active and entertained.
Information reviewed by Sarah Siddique ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
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