Staying active is important to maintain a healthy body. Especially if you are someone with a desk job, sitting all day is not ideal! Adding more activity to your day will help not only your body health but also increase your productivity and improve your mood! Below are some tips to help add you be more active throughout the day.
This is my favorite. Go for a walk with the family. This is a great way to spend some quality time together without electronics and allow the whole family to get some exercise.
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Need a little extra motivation? There are a lot of fun games you can play on your phone that require you to go out in the world to play. This is a great way to get you motivated and feel like you have a goal or mission on your walk. This can also be a great family activity if everyone plays!
Desk Job Every Couple Hours Break
If you have a desk job then make sure you set a timer to get up and move every one and a half to two hours. This is really important for your health. If you are unable to leave your desk completely at least stand as often as you can and stretch. Not only will this be good for your body but it will also be good for your productivity. Allowing a few minutes of time to rest your mind and move will keep your energy going.
If you have the option a standing desk is a great way to keep you more active during the work day. I personally like to use it when I am on calls. It allows me easy access to the computer and the ability to walk near my desk, while still able to talk and participate. There is also a great option of getting a stepper or under desk treadmill so you can walk and work at the same time. I personally use this Golds Gym Stepper from Walmart, it was less than $50 and totally worth it.
If you are watching your favorite shows and there is a commercial get up and walk around the house. Maybe even pair it with cleaning. Pick up some clutter, wash a couple of dishes, dust a ceiling fan. It’s a good way to watch your shows and stay active. If you don’t have commercial time then get up between shows for 15 minutes or so and do something to get you moving.
Walk During TV
This is great paired with good strength work out, or even on its own if its more than you usually do. If you can get a stepper or treadmill you can walk while watching your shows. The do make smaller ones if you do not have the space.
This is a small help but does add a little extra activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever you can.
Park Furthest in the Parking Lot
Help yourself get towards those 10k steps by parking in the furthest spot of the parking lot.
Take Lunch Break
Make sure to take your breaks at work. If you can, eat a working lunch and then use your break to go for a walk. If you can’t, try to divide up your time. 15 minutes lunch 15 minutes walk. Take a coworker and make it a social walk! It’s a great way to blow off some steam and get refocused for the rest of your work day.
Walk To Work or Store
If its possible walk to work or the store when you can. Save gas and get some exercise.
Plan Active Weekend Activities
Take some time each weekend to do something active. There are a lot of fun options; go to the park talk a walk, go on a hike, indoor rock climbing, or even the zoo!
Share some creative ways you use to add some extra activity each day!