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How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life
It’s no secret that, as a society, we’re now more sedentary than ever. About 80% of Americans work a desk job and children seem to spend more time watching TV or playing video games than playing tag or basketball. Sure, it can be hard to fit exercise into the business of everyday life, but it’s not impossible. Here are some simple ways that you can add more activity to your day:
Take a walk on your lunch break. Instead of spending your lunch at your desk or the break room, trying adding a walk instead. Walking at a leisurely pace for just 30 minutes burns about 100 calories, and can help you clear your head and energize you to take on the last half of the day.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. It can be tempting to wait and take the elevator to your third floor apartment or second floor office, but you’ll be doing your health no favors. According to this article from Livestrong, taking the stairs has more benefits than just burning calories. Sure, you can burn about 9 calories per minute, but taking the stairs is also great for your cardiovascular, muscle and bone health.
Save a car, ride a bike. If you’re lucky enough to live close to your work, try biking there instead of driving. Not only can biking help you burn extra calories, but did you know it can also help you lower your cancer risk, give you increased energy and help you manage stress? Even if you can’t bike to work, try adding a quick bike ride after work or making it a fun weekend activity with your family.
Try a standing desk. Standing desks are becoming all the rage, and more and more employers are now offering them. With sitting being dubbed as the new smoking, it’s no wonder that more and more people are now touting the benefits of standing. Standing for four hours a day, or half a workday, can burn an extra 80 to 200 calories, help you improve your posture and reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Park away from the front door. Instead of claiming your usual front row spot right in front of the door, try parking a few rows back. This is an easy way to get some steps into your day.
No matter how busy you are, you can still find a way to incorporate exercise into your day. With these easy tips, you’ll be feeling healthier, and happier, in no time!