Simple Ways to Keep Moving

NO COST WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF MOVING THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Its never too let to get started moving to better health.

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.