Living An Active Lifestyle
An active lifestyle is more than simply visiting the gym for an hour or jumping around in the living room to an aerobics tape. Be creative and find ways to incorporate physical activity into almost everything you do.
Here are some suggestions to get you started and help you boost your activity level. Believe me, if you make a conscious effort to integrate more activity into your daily life, it will eventually become second nature. Give some of these suggestions a try! You may have heard some of these before, but they bear repeating as a reminder.
Tips to Boost Your Activity
- Walk as much as possible by parking the car a few blocks away from where you’re headed or walk to an appointment from your office instead of driving. Whenever you’re walking try to focus on long strides and a quicker than normal pace. This gets the heart rate going a bit faster than just meandering along.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up the stairs as quickly as you can. For a little variation, try slowing down and taking two stairs at a time to further strengthen your legs.
- During breaks at work, walk the stairs, walk around the building or walk down the halls. Find any type of activity that keeps you moving during your break (you can sit at your desk and relax after the break!)
- Whenever you’re walking somewhere, take the long way around. Use this technique to get anywhere you’re going… from shopping at the mall to getting a drink at the water cooler.
- Don’t use drive-thru windows. Park and get out of your car to do your banking, grab a bite to eat, or pick up the dry cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how many muscles getting in and out of a car use!
- At the supermarket, whenever you have a light load, carry your own groceries out to the car without the shopping cart. And remember to park the car in a spot furthest from the store entrance!
- Whenever possible, stand instead of sitting. Even standing still will burn more calories than sitting!
- Loose the remote. When was the last time you actually got up from your seat, engaged all your leg muscles, and walked over to change the channel on the TV? New TVs have no channel changer? Just get up during commercials and look out a window or something!
- Unless it’s urgent, always opt for the bathroom that’s furthest from you. Better yet, use an upstairs bathroom, if there is one near you. Do the same for answering the telephone. It is estimated that Americans save walking approximately 70 miles per year with the advent of extension phones! To make matters worse, we now carry mobile phones on our person every where we go.