Life is a lot faster paced than it once was. Life is also more sedentary. Most of us spend our days behind a desk, pushing files and writing memos, often till late in the day. So when the day finally ends, it becomes difficult to find the energy to step outdoors or head to the gym. This fatigue can turn the best of us into the couch potatoes that our parents warned us of in childhood.
Becoming more physically active is something everyone should attempt. The benefits are numerous for your body as well as your mind. Keeping physically fit keeps you in shape, avoiding a large number of weight-associated problems. A sedentary lifestyle reduces the body’s ability to deal with physical trauma and disease. Speaking of the mind, research has proven that physical activity helps to improve mental health significantly. In fact, a strenuous activity like working out is a good combatant against mental strain and anxiety.
We understand that committing to the gym every day or getting up early in the morning is not an easy thing. So here we have a few tricks that you can use to become more physically active in your day-to-day life!
Take a walk
Taking a walk doesn’t have to mean that you set aside an hour a day to stroll in a park. You can actually include walking in your day to day business. Do you go out to a restaurant or a diner for lunch? Instead of taking a cab to a distant location, just walk over to a closer place. You’ll save on cab fare and save a few calories to fit that dessert you’ve been eyeing. Do you have a magazine or newspaper subscriptions? Cancel it and walk to the stall to buy yourself one! It’s as simple as that. Even simpler, next time skip the coffee when you meet up with a friend, take a walk, instead!
Climb the stairs
This is one that every physician will tell you. The reason is that it is the easiest way to become more active. If your apartment or office is a few levels up, consider taking the stairs. If you think the stairs are too difficult to do at once, then start gradually. Take the stairs hallway up and the elevator for the rest. Gradually increase the stairs until you’re doing it all the way. Believe it or not, climbing the stairs at a moderate pace for up to 5 minutes can reduce as many as 150 calories.
Park a little further away
Skip parking in the spot next to your office. Rather, park a little distance away. Even if you park just half a mile away, that’s quite a bit of distance added into your daily walking with minimal change or difficulty in your lifestyle.
Make your phone calls active
If you’re someone who makes a lot of phone calls, you can turn them into your physical activity. Next time you get a call, take it into the yard or t the terrace and pace a bit. This will get your heart beating and make your phone calls more fun. If you think walking around holding the phone can be tedious, just grab your headphones and you’re all set!
Set an alarm
Sitting in one position for too long can damage your posture and really take a toll on your overall health. So set an alarm that’s due to ring every hour or so. When the alarm rings, get up, stretch your muscles and take a walk around the office. Need another reason to get off the chair, just grab a glass of water every time your alarm rings. This way, you get active and hydrated too!
Getting active is a lot simpler than you may think. No need to wake up at an ungodly hour or sweat it out in a stinky gym. A few lifestyle changes and you’re good to go. A healthier life awaits you!