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8 Ways to Get More Activity Each Day

Over the years we have become more and more sedentary. Modern conveniences mean that work that was once physical is now simply a button press. This lack of activity has many consequences for our health. Our metabolisms are slowing down, our muscles are shrinking and we are forgetting what it means to move. Adding a little bit of activity will not instantly make you lose 20 lbs, or cure your chronic disease, but it will start to make a difference in how you look and feel. It can become a habit which can grow to something amazing.

Take a mini exercise break when you can.

If you work in an office get up and walk around every 15 - 30 minutes. Commercial on TV - do 10 squats. Do 10 pushups while dinner is in the oven or hold a plank while waiting for something in the microwave.The ideas are endless.

Take the stairs as much as you can.

take the stairs copyThis is one you have probably heard before. Stair climbing is a functional activity that you want to be able to keep doing. I’m not suggesting that you should take the stairs to your 20th floor office or apartment, although you can if you like. Avoid the elevator if you are only going up 2-3 flights. Stairs also make great mini breaks.

Consider walking when you can.

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If you need to pick up milk from the corner store, consider if walking is an option.

Park at the far end of a parking lot so you have to walk farther. You are also less likely to get door dings.

 

 

Clean your house.

Chances are there is some place in your house that needs cleaning or decluttering. This is a good way to get some activity and feel productive at the same time.

Volunteer.

There are many volunteer jobs which involve a lot of moving. You could volunteer with a preschool class, at a gym (cleaning, helping set up classes, etc), or at a food bank.

Buy and use an activity tracker.

Many activity trackers will let you know if you have been inactive for too long. It's a good reminder to get up and walk around. You may also find yourself addicted to meeting your step goal.

Try a yoga app.

yoga copyYoga has many benefits, including stress reduction, increased strength and increased flexibility. Many of us don’t have the time to take a yoga class, or perhaps you are not comfortable doing yoga with a large group of lycra clad women. A yoga app for your phone or tablet can be the answer. Even a few minutes a day can be beneficial.

Try a fitness app.

Speaking of apps, there are many fitness apps that provide short workouts you can do at home. It doesn’t need to be a big time commitment and you don’t have to go to a gym to start exercising.

If you are struggling with keeping motivated and want some help contact me for a free consultation. 

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