It seems to be a common misconception that getting some sort of physical activity daily is difficult and time consuming. What if I were to tell you it wasn’t?
What if I were to tell you that small changes in your daily routine would result in an increase in overall health and fitness levels?
Well, it’s not hard. A few simple alterations in your daily routine will and can help you lose weight and improve your overall health.
Here are some tips on how you can switch up your daily routine:
We learned to do this for a reason. Our bodies were made to move! Walk to the corner store to get your milk. Walk around the block after dinner….it helps digestion. Take a walk during your lunch break. Most of us sit and stare at computer screens for 8 hours a day. Wouldn’t it be great to get some Vitamin D, fresh air and get away from the computer screen? Best part is, IT’S FREE!
Do some house cleaning
Everyone has to clean the house. Some people wait and do it on one day of the week; others break it into smaller tasks throughout the week. Whatever the case may be, you’d be surprised to see how many calories are burned while you scrub the tub. In between tasks, take a minute or two to squat! Increase the number of calories burned by squatting. It will only add a few minutes to your clean, but think of how awesome it is to get in a quick leg workout.
Maybe the closest parking spot isn’t the best spot?
When you go shopping, whether its groceries or for the “must have” sandals, park further away from your destination. If you take those extra few steps, think about how rewarding it will be once you finally put on those coveted sandals.
Stairs are your new best friend
They’re everywhere! Take the stairs whenever you can. When getting off and on the subway use the stairs. Have you ever noticed that the people using the stairs sometimes end up at the top before everyone else? That’s because far too many of us are relying on the escalator, creating congestion and commuter traffic. If you work in an office building take the stairs. I understand that some people work on the 50th floor of a high rise building and climbing to work is out of the question. But who says you can’t do 2 floors, maybe 3? Climb those 3 floors and then take the elevator….your heart will thank you later.
Becoming a healthier individual doesn’t only mean hitting the gym 4 times a week and running 5 K every other day. It means choosing healthier alternatives in our daily lives. Obviously I’m not negating the gym or workouts, but think of how many more calories you can burn when you choose tweak your daily tasks.
Remember, your fitness journey starts by taking your first steps!