The lack of physical activity, if left unchecked for long periods of time, will eventually take its toll on your health and wellbeing. But if you think you are too busy to get active and maintain a fitness routine, think again! Now is a good time as any make small changes that will help you to take better care of your health. Here are some of the everyday things you can do to get moving.
- Spend at least thirty minutes a day doing household chores. You can burn some calories doing some active chores around the house. Sweep, mop, or vacuum the floor. Move the furniture to clean hard-to-reach parts or surfaces. Cleaning, decluttering, and organizing your house not only give you good reasons to incorporate physical activity in your day. It also keeps your home in tip-top shape.
- Grow a garden or keep your lawn well-maintained. Gardening is another excellent form of exercise that you can do every day. It is also a type of activity that can be therapeutic and rejuvenating. Or you can spend at least a few minutes each day mowing or maintaining your lawn.
- Prepare food from scratch. Cooking your own is not only a great way to make something tasty and healthy to eat. It also keeps you on your feet longer than heating a meal in the microwave.
- Stretch your muscles. Stretching improves flexibility. Making it part of your daily routines can help in relieving back pain or boosting your energy when you are feeling tired or sluggish.
- Spend less time sitting down. Standing up for at least thirty minutes a day can burn more than 50 calories. It may seem like a small number, but if you add up the total amount of time you spend standing up than sitting down, you will be burning more than you would doing nothing.
- Walk. Walking is an activity that you can do almost everywhere and at any time. You can start slow. Count the number of steps you have walked each day. If you can, walk instead of driving to the nearest shop when you need to buy something. If you take the bus or subway to work, get off a few stations away from your destination then travel on foot the rest of the way.