Easy Ways to Get in More Physical Activity Each Day
December 21, 2014
Being active seems hard to come by in today’s post-modern world wherein people can do things at the tip of their fingers. People spend less time on their feet. Like most of the others, you probably spend most of your time sitting or lying down. Worse, much of the food available today are rich in fat and sugar. The result–obesity!
But increasing your physical and getting fit are not too difficult. You just need to be dedicated and disciplined.
Keep in mind it’s easy.
Who told you have to enroll in a gym to be fit? Increasing your physical activity does not necessarily mean having a daily workout routine on some odd-looking machine. No! Even something as easy as walking suffices. That’s right. You can actually start with walking for at least 30 minutes a day. That doesn’t sound like a lot. And walking is fun and relaxing. You don’t need equipment or training for this.
There are many ways to make walking more fun. Walk with your partner. Walk with friends. Walk your dog.
Instead of sitting on the couch all day and watching TV, start cleaning up and de-cluttering your home. Break a sweat while making your home a better place to live in. Many people just hire cleaners. You probably can afford to hire one. But if you have enough time left to clean the house, wash the dishes, and do the laundry, please do, just so you could burn some calories.
Take the stairs!
We have elevators, but they don’t work your legs and your glutes! You’re burning quite a few calories standing idly in an elevator. If you’re working on the 20th floor, exit the elevator on the 15th, and take the stairs to the 20th. That way you will work out some of the biggest muscle groups in your body–your hamstrings, quads, and glutes. You’re burning more calories climbing the stairs than walking and way much more than standing in the elevator.
Take a 5-minute break!
Your desk keeps your butt glued to your seat. Are you seriously spending all 8 hours sitting down? That’s bad for your back! Here’s what you need to do. Every hour, stand up, stretch, and walk around for 5 minutes. That will refresh you and promote better blood circulation. You will feel less grumpy afterwards while you stare back at your cluttered desk.
Engage in sports.
You may not be athletic, but that doesn’t mean you should just stay indoors during weekends. Find people who love to play basketball or soccer or badminton or tennis for recreational purposes. There’s no need to be the star player. All you need to do is get moving, get your heart pumping, and burn calories to keep the fat at bay.
Start a fitness routine.
Working out for fitness may seem off-putting, especially for people who are either overweight or skinny. It’s sounds ironic that the people who need to workout are the ones who avoid it. Usually, it’s because of shyness. When you’re having difficulty making it to a single rep with a 45-lb barbel, and you’re straining next to a burly guy making 5 reps with 200-lb weights, it’s tough!
Hey! Everyone, even that burly guy, had to start somewhere. Keep that in mind.