The idea that exercise has to be a formal and organized routine is a killer for many folk on the road to living a well-balanced and healthy life. The rigidity that we typically assign to the idea of exercise can be so off-putting that many of us barely start before we find ourselves quitting. Luckily a small change in mind-set could be quite a difference maker when it comes to your goal of getting more active, because being active is simply about being active. Granted making some simple changes to your daily routine might not turn you into Halle Berry, adding a little activity will most certainly go a long way to maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your body a little fitter and it is also good for your stress levels.
Here are some more tricks to try:
Use a pedometer.
Some studies have shown that people who use a pedometer ten to walk 27% more. You don’t have to set yourself a crazy impossible goal to achieve, all you need to do is monitor your progress. The simple act of monitoring your progress will motivate you to walk more. You don’t have to get anything fancy- those watches can be very expensive! Something as simple as an app on your phone will work. Anything that allows you to compare today’s progress with yesterday’s.
Stretch while you watch TV.
We all love TV. We all know that we should watch less of it, but most of us don’t. So why not try to use your TV time for a bit of stretching? You could even try a couple of yoga or pilates exercises which you catch up on your favourite show.
Dance when you are out.
If you’re out with friends you might as well strut your stuff on the dance floor. Why? It’s fun. You will sweat – a lot – but it doesn’t matter because everyone else is sweating too. You will get your blood flowing. You will suffer a lesser hangover. I can’t think of any cons.
Trade your desk chair for a stability ball.
It might sound crazy but sitting on a ball is actually pretty comfortable (yes – I know this from experience!) and it does wonders for your posture and your core muscles. It also seems to cause less stress on your back and hips. And when you’re done sitting on the ball you can do a couple of v-core exercises. Just quickly. While no one is watching.
Take part in a group sport.
You don’t have to be a pro to have fun playing sport with a casual club. Take up squash or hockey or soccer. Whatever sport you like.
Stroll around the mall. Malls are big. There is lots to see. Many calories to burn. Just don’t snack on ice cream while you do it. Easy peasy!
Is any of this sounding hard yet?