Leading a more active lifestyle has many physical and emotional benefits like feeling happier and less stressed, decreasing the risk of developing diseases and giving you more energy, to name a few. But incorporating more exercise into your daily routine is challenging. Here are five simple ways to be more active so that you can reap the benefits.
1. Take The Scenic Route
Getting more steps into your day is a fantastic way to be more active without changing your routine. Simple changes like taking the long way to the bathroom or kitchen, using the stairs and parking further away from the shop entrance will increase the amount of cardio you do a day. Setting a daily step goal will help you be more active, so buy a pedometre or download a step counting app and let your smartphone count the steps you take in a day. You’ll be surprised by how active you are when you take the scenic route.
2. Get Social
It’s easier to do things in a group, which is why joining a weekly fitness class is an effective way to exercise regularly. Group classes also have the added opportunity to make new friends, which has been shown to be beneficial to your health. People with strong relationships tend to be happier, live longer and are less likely to develop chronic disease than those without strong social ties.
3. Use Your Breaks Wisely
Our modern lifestyles mean that many of us spend most of the day sitting down. Sitting down for long periods has negative consequences for our health including heart problems, worsened posture and can even lead to an early death. Take regular breaks away from your desk to stretch or walk and get moving during ad breaks if you watch TV.
4. Do Something Fun
You’re more likely to stick with an activity that you find fulfilling. Find a hobby that you’re passionate about that also allows you to move. Activities like dancing, hula hooping and gardening are all enjoyable activities that have the benefits of exercising without feeling like a workout.
5. Work Out At Home
You don’t need to spend money to get fitter. Exercising for 10 minutes at a time is a simple way to get fitter and stronger at home. Simple equipment-free exercises include, sit-ups, push-ups and stretches or you can buy yourself a skipping rope and get a great cardiovascular workout in. Set achievable goals like adding two repetitions to each exercise each week and congratulate yourself when you achieve those goals. Taking these simple steps are the easiest way for you to achieve your health and fitness goals. By making your health a priority, you’re laying a solid foundation for a satisfying life.