You’re on the road to a successful, healthy body, and it’s great that you’re getting your regular exercise in. But did you know that confining physical activity only to the time you’re working out can be a major roadblock to reaching your goals?
Think about it this way, if you limit your physical activity to five, 30-minute bouts of exercise each week, you could reach the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity. And that’s a great goal. But, considering there are 9,930 more minutes each week, that’s a lot of downtime.
Adding more physical activity throughout your day can help keep your mind sharp and your metabolism revving. Here are some small changes you can make to increase your overall activity level.
- Relieve muscle tension. Stretch for a couple minutes in the morning before you get dressed and again in the evening before you go to sleep.
- Get up and move for 5 minutes every hour. Five minutes isn’t very much. Whether you’re getting up to fill your water bottle, running to the restroom or taking a short walk around the office, by the time you get back to your desk, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go.
- Park farther away at the grocery store. We always vie for the closest spot at the supermarket for the shortest, most convenient walk. But parking at the end of the lane means that you’ll have to be physically engaged for that much longer throughout your trip.
These tips are small and easy to implement in your daily life. Of course, if you don’t remember to stretch every morning and evening, try to do it at least once a day, a few days a week. If you get busy and don’t have enough time for a walk every hour, a few times a day is better than none. If you’re in a hurry, parking close once or twice isn’t going to be a deal breaker. Just remember that every little thing counts, and over the course of a day or a week, it can really add up.