If you’re like most people, when you get home from work, all you want to do is eat dinner and stare at a screen for a few hours before heading to bed. In fact, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans spent an average of 5.5 hours each day pursuing leisurely activities. Whether it’s watching TV, socializing or playing video games, that’s a lot of downtime you’re never going to get back. And let’s not forget the hours you spend each day in front of a computer at work, not to mention your commute time.
But going forward, you can do something to make sure you get the most of that downtime. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can get off your keister and start being active! To help you get started, here’s a simple list of activities you can do to start being more active.
Walk every chance you get. The average person walks 3000-4000 steps a day. That’s not too bad. But you can do better than that, can’t you? Push yourself to 10,000 steps a day and you’re logging in five miles daily. Park further away at the store or at work and use that extra distance to boost your step count. Instead of emailing or texting your buddy across the office, take a stroll and talk face to face, heck walk the dog. Those extra steps will definitely get you where you want to go.
Take the stairs. Elevators and escalators are a nice luxury to have, especially if you’re carrying something heavy. But if you’re only looking at a flight or two of stairs, you should skip the easy way up and hike those steps. Even walking down gives you a chance to burn some calories. As an added bonus, it’ll start giving you some real definition to your legs.
Move around your house. Spring cleaning. Organizing your garage. Washing the dog. Planting a garden. Any of these activities will get your blood and your endorphins pumping. Plus, you’ll have a clean house, a happy dog and fresh vegetables in no time.
Play with the kids. How many times have your kids asked you to come play with them? We recommend doing it every chance you get. Not only does it create wonderful memories for you both, but their youthful exuberance will rub off on you and it will make you feel great. Plus, you’ll probably dominate them at whatever game they pick.
Stay active at work. Work can sometimes create a very sedentary lifestyle. But even if you’re sitting at a computer all day, there’s nothing that’s keeping you from taking a few quick breaks to be active. Every hour or so, stand up and stretch. Or better yet, go for a quick walk to the opposite side of the office and back. The quick exercise will stretch your muscles and recharge your mind.
Do the things you love. When was the last time you went dancing? What about swimming? Do you still remember how to ride a bike? Do something you love and you won’t even realize that you’re exercising.
It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Being active is a great way to take care of yourself. When you’re active, you have better overall health, improved weight loss & control, improved mood, better sleep and reduced stress, anxiety and depression. Plus, you’ll have a decreased risk for health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, cancer, bone loss and high blood pressure.
To find out more about how being active will help you live a healthier life, call us for an appointment.