With the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives it may be near to impossible to imagine adding a fitness routine to the mix. However, while the thought of adding an hour workout every day may be discouraging, there are little changes and habits you can form that can help incorporate fitness into your daily life.
1. Choose the stairs:
Whether you are at the mall or the airport, chose the stairs instead of the escalator and walk instead of taking the moving sidewalk. This little change will do wonders over time. It will really make you realize all the missed opportunities you gave up in the past every time you chose the elevator instead of getting a quick cardio workout that will increase your heart rate and make you feel energized!
2. Park Farther Away
Anytime you are going grocery shopping or parking for an event, try parking farther away from the store. You may be surprised to see how many cars are driving around the parking lot just waiting for the closest spot to the front door as possible. Take the opportunity for some extra cardio and park farther away. You will feel better and you may even save time you would have wasted waiting around for a closer spot. As Bob Wright, H3's Director of Education always says: "Every step counts." In fact, on his 35th anniversary with H3, he was given the furthest parking spot away from H3's front doors.
3. Walk and Talk on the Phone
It could be a quick 5-minute conversation or an hour long conversation, but if you take this time and get up walk around and move you are not just wasting this phone time sitting around.
4. Stand Up While You Tie your Shoes
You will be surprised at the improvements you will make with your balance once you have mastered tying your shoes while standing. Believe it or not, by doing this you are working on your core strength, balance and leg strength. Every little bit counts!
5. Mix Sitting with Walking
If you find yourself sitting for the majority of your day, find a way to get up and walk around. Make an effort to get up and go for a walk after your lunch break. If you work in a large office building, choose the bathroom furthest away (preferably one upstairs) and use that time to walk and increase your heart beat at least 2-3 times a day.
6. Walk or Ride your Bike when Possible
If you are planning on driving down the road for a bite to eat, try finding a safe way to walk there instead. Get a group of friends together for brunch and walk to your favorite place. You will feel energized and happy and you may choose a lighter meal due to the anticipated walk home.
It is possible to incorporate a little bit more fitness into our daily lives - you just need to be a little creative.