Ways to Include Physical Activity In Your Day
Physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle. The basic guideline for physical activity is 150 minutes a week. However, research shows that light activity during your day is also an important factor for reducing the risk of chronic disease. Here are 3 ways to include physical activity during your day, without having to block off large amounts of time for a workout.
3 Ways to Include Physical Activity In Your Day
- Park Far Away. Parking far away from your destination is an easy habit to get into. It does not add a lot of time to your day, and you will greatly increase the amount you walk. Park far away at work and while running errands- those big parking lots at shopping centers are perfect! Increase your step count even more by taking the stairs when possible and take a brisk walk out to your car after lunch. Those 5 minutes walks throughout your day really add up.
- Drink Lots of Water. We could all probably drink more water. Hydration is important for overall health and making sure you stay hydrated will also mean more frequent trips to the bathroom. Take advantage of bathroom breaks to get up from your desk and walk the halls of your office.
- Communicate in Person. Do you send emails, messages and call coworkers? Instead of using technology to communicate, get up from your desk and walk over to their desk. You’ll be getting physical activity in while also perhaps getting more done. Face to face communication is very effective! If your office supports it, suggest walking meetings instead of sitting meetings. A short walk and fresh air will put a new perspective on meetings.
There are lots of ways to include light physical activity throughout your day. These are some simple ideas to get you started. At KareBoost Health, we are here to support you in your journey towards health and believe that getting healthy should be fun and accessible for all. Set up a free consultation today to learn more!
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach