Exercise is so important to a healthy lifestyle, but it can be hard to fit in a trip to the gym with a hectic schedule. There are kids to care for, meals to be prepared, bills to be paid, and a job to go to. That’s okay, though…you don’t have to go to the gym to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine. Here are a few simple tips to get you up and moving around more.
Buy a fitness tracker
First things first, buy yourself a fitness tracker. That way you can see what your activity level is now and how much it improves when you incorporate these tips. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a fancy fitness tracker, either. You can find one online for around fifteen pounds that will track your activity, steps, sleep, and heart rate. You can also set them to notify you when you have been sedentary too long. If you have a desk job, it can be easy to sit for hours without realizing it; a little buzz on your wrist can remind you to take a walk, at least around the office.
One simple way to incorporate more activity in your life is simply to walk more. If you can, walk or cycle to work instead of driving, or taking the bus or tube. If walking the whole way isn’t possible, get off a stop or two early and walk from there, or if you drive, park in the back of the lot. Once you get to work there are ways to incorporate more walking, too. Instead of calling or emailing a co-worker, walk over to their desk, stand-up when talking on the phone, and make a point to walk around the office once in a while.
Housework counts as physical activity
You may not know it, but even keeping your house clean and orderly counts as physical activity and burns calories. For example, one hour of sweeping burns 161 calories and one hour of scrubbing the bathroom is good for burning 256 calories. Of course, for most households, it won’t take an hour of sweeping to finish up, but a combination of any household chores is still burning calories and keeping you active.
Plan on being active
Set aside time in your weekly schedule to be active. If you have kids plan a trip to the zoo where you will get lots of walking in or go on a bicycle ride through a local park. Being active yourself and teaching your kids to be active is extremely important for their health and yours. Doing activities together has the benefit of making you all healthier and you all get to spend time together as well.
There’s no doubt that it can be difficult to carve out time to get all of the exercise that you need, but the tips above can help you become more active. Even small increases in physical activity are good for both your physical and mental health, which will make you look and feel better than ever.