Do you want to lead a more active lifestyle? Perhaps you want to lose weight but have no idea where to begin. The truth is, you can easily upgrade your physical (and mental) fitness by getting off your bottom and onto your feet. With a few tips and tricks, you can become more active every day, and decrease your risk of chronic diseases in the process. Let’s take a look at a handful of easy and creative ways to transform your lifestyle into one that gets you movin’ and groovin’!
Add more steps to your daily routine
How many steps do you take each day? Chances are, you can walk more than you’re walking now. If you have a dog, take him for a walk each morning and evening, rather than letting him out in the backyard. If you can walk to work, do it! If not, park your car far away from the entrance, and take the extra steps to the entrance. If there are elevators or escalators in your building, always take the stairs. Can you walk during your lunch break? Perhaps there’s a park nearby where you can sit on a bench, enjoy a homemade lunch, and then walk along a trail before heading back to the office. If you eat at your desk or in a break room, take a brisk walk around the building or up and down stairs during your break.
There’s a catchphrase nowadays that goes like this: Sitting is the new smoking. It’s meant to remind us that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health. We all need to stand up and move around more. Staying more active during the day requires more time on your feet. Can you work from a standing desk? If you can’t invest in a standing desk, put your computer on a counter and stand for a while as you work. When you know you’re going to have a long phone conversation, stand while you’re talking. Or better yet, walk and talk. Walking gets the mental juices flowing. It’s amazing how much more present and receptive you’ll be for whoever’s on the other end of the line.
Monitor your activity
Get yourself a device that counts your steps and keeps track of daily activity. This works wonders for goal-setting and motivation. There’s a reason the Fitbit has become so popular. We get turned on by seeing concrete numbers on a device. This instant gratification is perfectly okay, especially when you’re working to form new habits and get rid of old ones. Change is hard, but when you have something tracking your progress, you can see the results, which motivates and inspires. You get to take control of your health. And that’s empowering.
Turn it into a game
Nowadays, there are apps you can use to “gamify” your physical fitness. If you’re a gamer and like playing games with other people online or in person, why not transfer this love of gaming into your exercise routine? Different exercise apps will allow you to earn badges, participate in contests, or challenge friends and family members. Adding an element of fun to become more active adds another level of motivation. If this sounds like your ticket to more activity, do a google search to find apps and gadgets designed for “gamifying” daily activity and exercise.
Get creative with your kids
If you’re a parent, you probably spend a lot of time sitting and waiting for your children. You sit in the car and drive them to dance class. You wait in the car to pick them up from school. Maybe you sit in the bleachers at sports events. It may feel like sitting is all you do! But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get creative and be more active as you support your kids in all their activities.
If you’re at soccer practice, walk around a track, trail, or field nearby. If you pick your kids up from school, park your car, get out, and stand up. You can use this time as an opportunity to stretch or even do squats and leg lifts. Take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood while your child is at piano class. You might even want to spice your walk up with some high intensity interval training (HIIT). There are so many was to be more active. All you need is a bit of creativity and know-how.
Turn your home routine into an activity extravaganza
Do you spend a lot of downtime at home sitting on the couch, at the kitchen table, or in bed? If so, it’s time to turn that downtime upside down and start getting more active. While watching television, walk or jog on a treadmill or treat yourself to a rowing machine. It’s easy to do yoga or crunches while watching TV, too. You can also be more active in the kitchen while cooking. Use your kitchen counter or island for standing push ups.
Again, it’s about creativity and motivation. Can you practice your squats and lunges while doing laundry? How about keeping a few sets of free weights or resistance bands in strategic places around the house? You’ll begin to associate certain activities with weight lifting. Maybe you can build arm strength on one arm while brushing your teeth with the other. Perhaps every time you go to the bathroom, you do biceps curls for a few minutes after washing your hands. Create rituals around your home that inspire movement. This can be a fun experiment — one that benefits the entire family!
At Elite Physique, we believe an equal balance of nutrition, activity, rest, and confidence is the foundation for achieving a healthier you. Our personalized weight-loss programs are custom-tailored to help you meet your goals and to address the underlying factors that can make weight-loss difficult. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!