As many fitness experts know, the number one reason that people state they don’t work out is a lack of time. With this thought in mind, it is important for people in pursuit of optimal wellness to recognize that there are several activities they can engage in throughout the day that will help them sneak in some exercise and thereby improve their health. Here are three:
1. Take The Stairs.
I have begun doing this with increasing frequency, even on days when I work out. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a great way to get your heart rate up and it is not an enterprise that requires extensive thought or time. I take the stairs regularly at the train station and know that there are a plethora of other opportunities for me to do so. Like anything else, taking the stairs is a habit you must get into in order for it to become a permanent behavior. For this reason, be mindful about what you’re doing and don’t make excuses to take the elevator like “I have a bag of groceries in my hands.”
2. Walk To Lunch.
If you are in the habit of leaving your office to have your lunch at a local restaurant that is less than twenty minutes away, walk there. This is a great way to get some fresh air and burn off some calories. Additionally, walking is a great way for you to shake the stress of your job away and think critically rather than getting lost in the music and chatter you’re likely to hear on the radio in your car.
3. Park Far Away From The Supermarket When You Buy Groceries.
Oftentimes we have a proclivity for trying to park as close to the supermarket as possible when we buy our groceries in order to avoid walking. But if you’re out of shape and not prone to exercise already, this practice can help facilitate a lack of fitness. With this thought in mind, it would be advantageous for you to park far away from the supermarket the next time you go grocery shopping. Doing so gives you an opportunity to walk for several minutes.
It’s no secret that two thirds of Americans are currently obese or overweight. Since this is the case, it is important for individuals who are interested in taking care of their health to begin exercising regularly. If you’re not in the habit of doing so, taking baby steps such as the ones listed above can be very helpful for you. Good luck! :)
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