Small Ways to Start Moving More
One small step for mankind, one giant leap for your overall wellness.
We’ve all got busy schedules, but it’s important to remember to set aside time for some movement. It might be hard to believe, but it’s possible (actually, pretty easy) to go an entire day without having to walk more than a few hundred steps.
But making slight modifications to your daily routine can lead to monumental life transformations. Simple activities such as walking, gardening, or even climbing a few extra flights of stairs can positively impact your overall health, reducing the risk of developing diabetes and helping with weight management. If you want to expand your range of motion and incorporate more physical activity into your day, then you’ve got to go small and walk home.
Here is our list of other small changes you can make to your daily routine that can help you become more active.
Take a Lap (Around the House)
It might not seem like much, but tidying up the house or simply walking from room to room are two simple ways to re-introduce yourself to some low stress movements.
Music is a powerful motivator. Put on a playlist —rock, jazz, POP…whatever gets you going, and let the tunes take over.
Wearable fitness devices like an Apple Watch or Fitbit can serve a number of functions like track steps and distances, measure the calories burnt, and monitor heart rate and sleep quality. Tracking your progress and seeing improvements will help keep you motivated and committed to your activity goals.
Suggest a “Walking” Coffee Date
We know that everyone loves a meet-up over coffee, but what if you could take your chat outside? Ask for your Joe to-go, and try walking and talking – you’ll get fresh air and extra exercise.
Park Far Away
May not seem like much, but those extra steps in and out of your barber shop or grocery store do add up.
No, this isn’t a way of tricking you into cleaning the stove top or lint-rolling couch cushions. By giving the house or apartment a thorough cleaning, you’re doing your body a lot of good by engaging muscles that you may not use otherwise. A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way.
Take a Class Outdoors
We’re not talking extreme kayaking or rock climbing. Learning a new skill that gets you out of the house — be it photography, birdwatching, or gardening — can help add a surprising number of steps to your daily routine.