Being active is one of the most meaningful things you can do each day. Your busy lifestyle, however, may get in the way of maintaining an active routine. For instance, you have a 9- 5 job and kids or loved ones to look after, exercising may not be a top priority. Fortunately, there are simple ways to incorporate more movement into your day-to-day tasks.
Here are some ways to squeeze short bursts of activity into your busy life.
- Take the Stairs Instead of an Elevator
The lift may go up, but it does nothing for your heart rate or blood flow. Taking the stairs instead of an elevator or lift, is a great way to increase your heart rate, strengthen and tone leg muscles, while improving blood flow in your legs.
Numerous surveys have established that the major contributing factor to the global obesity epidemic is the typical sedentary lifestyle of today’s technologically advanced world. Add those extra stair steps to your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it.
Get Moving at Lunch Time
Don’t let your lunch break pass you by! Even as a student, normalize taking study breaks every now and then. Go outside for a walk – around the office or your study area. Use break time to increase your steps and boost productivity for the rest of the afternoon.
- Hold Walking Meetings
Many professionals spend so much time sitting at their office desks in meetings. This should not be an excuse to neglect activity altogether. An effective way to incorporate fitness in your daily workflow is by incorporating walking meetings. This strategy has been used by great minds like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.
Walking meetings boosts creativity, increases focus, cultivate connection and bonding. Perhaps you’ve already experienced it. Taking a walk or a hike with someone often encourages open communication and honest interaction. To incorporate this simple activity for your next meeting, have an endpoint or walk to a given destination. This could be a park or any other destination to provide structure to the outing. Additionally, walking meetings are more effective in smaller groups, i.e. a maximum of three participants. So, instead of sitting in a café or conference room talking, get some physical activity while conducting business.
- Invest in a Tracker
There is a good reason why everyone is investing in wearable technology. It is a lot easier to stay active when you can track your movements. Even if you’re glued to your phone for work calls, a tracker can alert you when you’ve sat for too long so you can take a few breaks and move around, even if just for a few minutes or use a standing desk for a little while to reverse the hunched position of sitting.
Having a trackable log of all your activity for the day not only provides insight into your lifestyle choices but also motivates you to keep going and continually improve your daily routine. Some fitness trackers allow users to sync devices together so you can set challenges with friends and colleagues and encourage each other along the way. This is a great way to make staying active even more fun.
- Drink Water
Proper hydration is crucial in curbing cravings and keeping your metabolism high. Switch your first cup of warm cappuccino for a bottle of drinking water. By staying hydrated, you provide your body with enough fluid to flush out toxins, lubricate joints, keep skin healthy and ensure the body operates optimally.
- Stay Active with Regular Home Chores
Achieving healthy fitness levels doesn’t always require intense exercise sessions. The mentality that an activity must be intense to matter is ineffective. Home activities such as vacuuming, doing laundry, gardening, cleaning surfaces, mowing the lawn, etc. can have a positive effect on your overall health. It may not seem like much, but these little activities add up and will keep your metabolism high.
- Do a Lot of Walking
Don’t rely on your car for transportation, especially for shorter distances. Try biking or walking from place to place and get in some quick cardio before you arrive at your destination. Walk to the nearby grocery store to shop instead of driving. If you take public transportation to work, you can get off the bus one or two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Taking walks is a great way to clear your mind and ease the effects of stress.
There are lots of opportunities to be more active each day and get a few more steps in, even on our most demanding days without using equipment, attending a class or going to the gym. The most important thing is to find activities that work for you and your schedule so that you stay fit and healthy.
Your stay at Amrit Ocean Luxury Resort and Residences places a strong emphasis on wellness, giving more opportunities and unique options to explore the different paths of a truly fulfilling and active lifestyle. Whether it’s taking a walk/jog along the quiet stretch of Atlantic shoreline or indulging in a mindful session at our beautiful yoga terraces, you’ll find an array of holistic pursuits to meet your individualized needs.
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