Let’s face it. We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic. We move less and eat more and in time, the surfeit of extra calories makes itself felt on our waistline. Moreover, lugging all that extra weight around is also bad for the heart and body as a whole and can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and various other issues. This is why we have to stop procrastinating and start exercising more. Here is what you can do to increase physical activity in your life:
- Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators
Going up and down the stairs a couple of times a day is awesome exercise if your office is a few stories high. You can get plenty of exercise this way. For example, if your office is on the 8th floor and you need to be up and about the building a few times daily, you will burn off heaps of extra calories
- Park your car a block away
It may not look like much but hey, every extra bit counts! Instead of fighting for that coveted parking spot as close to your workspace as possible, consider parking at a nice empty spot a block or two down the road. An early morning brisk walk as you reach your office and a leisurely stroll back to your car in the evening day in day out will also help you to get rid of those extra inches from your waist.
- Take breaks during the workday
There is no need to be tied to your chair and workstation all the time you are at work. You should take a small walk every half an hour or so, even if it is just a brisk walk around the lobby and back. If you do it half a dozen times a day it will definitely have a cumulative effect over the course of time.
- Enjoy a party every now and then
There are few activities as enjoyable and as healthy as grooving to the beat with your friends at a party. So get your dancing shoes on and dance the night away. Make sure that you do it as often as possible.
- Have walking meetings
Thanks to Zoom and other software, the era of virtual meetings is now more of a mainstream than a passing fad. You can get plenty of exercise during a walking conference. This way you will be able to get a lot of work done while working up a sweat at the same time. It is a classic win-win situation.
- Exercise while watching TV
Remember the time when you had to race to the fridge to grab some snacks during a commercial break? You can do the same, but minus the snacks. Race to the kitchen and back every time the show has a few boring moments.
- Switch the games in a game night
If you love hosting game nights at your place, you should try and swap the regular cards and board games with more active ones. How about pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and freeze dance, and other active games that you used to play when you were a kid.
- Adopt a pet dog
A pet dog will make sure that you get plenty of fresh air and exercise. You will have to walk your dog every day, groom the animal, and otherwise take care of him or her. All of these translate into healthy activities.
- Wash your car
Washing and polishing your car thoroughly every few days will not only give you a neat and clean vehicle but also help you get in a bit of calorie-burning exercises.
- Buy gym equipment and use them
Exercising with specific equipment and machines is very good for you and your heart. If you can’t or won’t go to the gym every day, you might consider purchasing a few pieces of equipment like kettlebells, dumbbells, or spinning bikes so that you can work out at home.
From exercising at home to taking a walk with your pet, all the way to dancing to the groove, there are lots of exercises you can do to increase your daily activities. Good Luck!