How Can I Get More Active? 5 Helpful Tips to Stay Fit in Your Daily Life
Are you really aware of how much you are sitting throughout the day? At work, at home, on the couch, in the car, during meetings, and even sitting and staring at your smartphone. It’s no secret that many of us are really sitting much more than we are moving. The good news is we can take action and fit in periodic bursts of activity throughout the day.
5 Tips for a More Active Life
1. Change your morning routine
Start off on the right foot and get moving as soon as you wake up: a yoga session, a short morning run, or a quick workout at the gym will crank up your circulation. You’re too tired to do sports in the morning? Try parking your car farther away from the office. If you use public transport, hop off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. Fresh air in the morning is invigorating! Plus: check out how to wake up without coffee….
2. Take the Stairs
If you want to get in shape, skip the elevator and look for a staircase. The added bonus is that you rack up a lot of steps while strengthening your quads and glutes.
3. Walking Meetings
Have you ever thought about how many hours you spend in meetings per week? Sitting? Even if you don’t know the exact number of hours, one thing is for sure: it’s too many. A great way to add variety is to hold some of your meetings with colleagues while you walk!
4. Stand Up Regularly!
Did you know that standing up regularly can help you lose weight? One study showed that someone weighing 65 kg would lose 10 kg in 4 years if he or she stood 6 hours everyday instead of sitting.(1) Even though this may sound unrealistic, think about spending more time standing. After all, sitting encourages poor posture, increases the risk of injury, and can destroy the benefits of your workout.
5. Stronger Together
Everything is easier in a group: if you are having trouble getting motivated to exercise on your own, meet up with others who share your goal. Take a walk in the fresh air at lunch, do 10 Push-ups every hour, or go for a run after work. The possibilities are endless!