Simple Ways to Keep Moving

NO COST WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF MOVING THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Keeping yourself moving doesn’t have to involve finding large chunks of time in a day for a complicated exercise program.  Little things can add up to big results.  Here are a multitude of ways you can keep yourself moving throughout the day without having to make any major changes in your routine.

During the Work Day: 

If you are still in the workforce – here are some ways to get yourself moving to, from and at work. Even if you work from home many of these can apply.

  • Stand up to take phone calls.
  • Go for a walk at lunch.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  If you work on a floor too high to climb to –  walk up several flights and take the elevator the rest of the way.
  • Instead of texting or emailing a coworker with a question – get up and walk down to their desk
  • Commute by bike to work.
  • If you’re really busy with work, stretch/exercise at your desk.

When you’re at home: 

So many of our everyday activities can count as ways to keep ourselves moving.  Thinking about them as being good for you instead of chores can bring a whole new attitude toward the activity. Plus there are ways to get the same benefits of going to the gym simply by using spare moments at home.

  • Clean. (It totally counts as exercise.)
  • Weed the garden or cut the grass
  • Play with your pets.
  • Dance around your house just for fun.
  • Do a few sets of body weight exercises (squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.) any time you have an extra 5 or 10 minutes to spare, during commercial breaks while watching TV or in between episodes if you’re watching Netflix.
  • Follow along with a television or YouTube exercise program: aerobics, weight training, or yoga.  There are hundreds of possibilities to choose from – many of them are short and effective.

When you’re out and about: 

Adding some simple little extras while you are out running errands can make a huge difference in the amount of exercise you get in a day.

  • Walk or ride your bike to your destination whenever possible.
  • Park your car as far away from the door as possible when running errands.
  • If you use public transportation, ride standing up. And if you have the time, get off one or two stops early and walk the extra distance.
  • At the mall or department store: take the stairs and skip escalators and elevators.
  • Instead of always opting for sedentary plans, like going to the movies (which cost money) schedule more adventurous weekend activities like bike rides, park dates or easy day-hikes.  They are all free and way more fun.