It’s easy to get into a lazy cycle, and before you know it the simple act of walking to the shops can seem exhausting. We’ve put together some tips to help you with staying active throughout your day in order to increase your productivity and wellbeing: trust us, you’ll feel much better on your feet than off of them!
A lot of us spend a good deal of time sitting on our bottoms at work. Perhaps switching to a standing desk could be a good idea? As standing puts more stress on the body than sitting, you will burn more calories as well as building strength and endurance in your legs.
If having to take your dog out for walks doesn’t encourage you to get some exercise we don’t know what will! It’s so nice to have a companion on your walks, and exercise is an absolute necessity for dogs, so it’s really win-win.
Cooking at home can be such a good form of exercise – and we hear you laughing, but it’s true! Preparing your meals at home certainly burns more calories than eating out or ordering in. You also have the added bonus of knowing exactly what went into your meal and you can make it as healthy as you want it to be.
You might usually take the car out in order to pop to the shops, but how about taking a walk there instead? You can’t imagine how beneficial it can be for your body to walk just twenty minutes per day. If you want to make it a challenge, how about getting a pedometer to track your steps and slowly work up to 10,000 steps a day? You’ll also have the added benefit of taking in some fresh air and just using the walk to reflect on your day, which can both leave you feeling de-stressed.
Ok, so you’ve just got to watch that episode tonight, there’s no avoiding it. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sit completely still on the sofa! Commercial breaks are a pain, but now you can make use of them: how about doing some jumping jacks or a round of crunches while you’re waiting for the ads to be over?
Sometimes standing up at work isn’t an option, but that won’t stop you moving altogether. Try replacing your desk chair with an exercise ball – the mere act of sitting on this ball forces you to stabilize your abs! Have a walk around the office every couple of hours, pace the room whilst taking a phone call: these are all small changes that can make a huge difference.
Cleaning the house properly actually takes some proper effort – many people actually tend to break into a sweat because it’s essentially manual labor. That vacuum cleaner certainly isn’t light, and changing the bedsheets is a huge effort all on its own! Did you know that a vigorous clean can help you to burn around 100 calories in just 30 minutes?
Forget catching up with your friends over a cup of coffee – how boring and sedentary! What about doing an activity together, such as dancing or rock-climbing? Nothing feels so good as an endorphin-fuelled chat with your best buds.