3 Simple Ways to Stay Active Every Day
We all know regular physical activity provides numerous health benefits, from preventing and managing certain diseases to improving sleep and mood. That said, occasionally everyone feels like it’s just too much of a chore to get to the gym for a full workout. Fortunately, you can get all the benefits of exercising by making implementing small changes to your daily habits.
1. Increase Your Step Count
Even if it’s a simple activity like walking, anything that gets you active contributes to the recommended 150 to 300 minutes per week of exercise. Here are some simple ways to get more steps in throughout the day:
- Park further away from your office or other locations that you drive to
- Instead of using the escalator or elevator, take the stairs
- Set a reminder to stand up from your desk every 30 minutes and walk around
- Schedule small, in-person meetings to be walking meetings
- Take extra trips to bring in the groceries
- After using the bathroom, take a lap around the house or workplace
2. Take Up an Active Hobby
Plenty of hobbies can also help you get more active. Gardening, landscaping, or even cleaning around the house can help you break a sweat. If the weather is nice, find a nearby park or hiking trail to visit, and become an amateur nature photographer. Today’s smartphone cameras can take stunning outdoor shots. You can also use the outdoor time as an opportunity to disconnect from technology and relax!
3. Find a Workout Buddy
One strategy works particularly well for building new exercise habits: recruiting allies. Your friends, family or coworkers can join you in being active, and you can help keep each other accountable and motivated. Whether the activity is scheduled or spontaneous, having company may make it more fun! Consider bringing the following ideas to work:
- Plan a walking route around your workplace and invite coworkers to do a lap with you
- Break up long meetings with some stretching and light bodyweight exercises
- Walk to a nearby park for lunch
Exercise doesn’t have to be something you set a whole hour aside to focus on. There are plenty of ways to fit it naturally into your everyday routine. Try some of these ideas, and you might find yourself feeling better and more energetic before you know it.