Health has a lot of components: eating and nutrition, self care, stress, sleep, exercise, etc. In reality, the list could go on and on! So, where to begin? You don’t have to address every unhealthy habit in your life right this second. Instead, take it one step at a time. Start with something simple. This week, use these tips to move more in your everyday life.
If you want us to get scientific, aerobic activity is anything that makes your heart beat faster. And one way to get that heart to beat faster is to move faster! Pick up your daily pace and put some pep into your step when doing simple things like walking to your car or into work. Do you already walk for exercise? This writer suggests that walking at a faster pace increases your heart even more than running.
Cut down on your screen time
Imagine this scenario: you get from work, you sit down on the couch to enjoy your favorite show. Before you know it, you’ve been sitting there for hours. We’ve all been there! It’s easy to get lost in the screen, so give yourself a set amount of time on the couch. And while you’re at it, you don’t have to just sit. There are several activities you can do while watching TV, or get up and walk around during each commercial break.
Take the stairs
Whenever you come to work to or go to the mall, just avoid the escalator or elevator. Be old fashioned, and take the stairs. Plus, it’s an easy way to maintain an active lifestyle. Challenge yourself with this tip… start parking a few floors higher in the parking structure to walk a few more flights of stairs.
Find time to sneak in a few exercises
It’s a challenge fitting in exercise to your daily schedule, we get it. But there are ways to incorporate simple exercises that don’t take additional time. For example, perform a few sets of 10 calf raises or squats while brushing your teeth. Or even better, take it to the workplace. It’s a great way to kill any dead time you have in your schedule.