Episode 65 – Top ideas To Be More Active Without Effort
It’s time to ease into your transformation!
Adopt a healthier lifestyle by taking baby steps instead of jumping at big commitments. Small lifestyle changes are better because they stick. The following are top ideas to be more active without effort:
Modify your space
Change your environment! If you hang out in the lounge room often, you might want to install a treadmill, rower or bike, or simply keep some dumbbells around, so you can exercise a little while engaged in your entertainment.
If you work at a desk, modify your chair by swapping it with a stationary exercise bike or, swiss ball chair instead of the standard office chair. These two minor changes will facilitate exercise while doing the things you normally do.
Interact with kids
Kids are naturally playful and energetic. Hang out with your own children, your relative’s children or even offer to volunteer at your local charity or orphanage. I guarantee you’ll be playing different games and challenges in no time! You can even bring a Frisbee or a ball for added excitement. Get active and have lots of fun without even noticing it.
What are 3 other top ideas to be more active without effort? Read on below.
Do chores around the house
It’s normal to delegate chores to kids, assistants, and helpers. However, there are physical benefits to doing chores. Try washing your car, vacuuming or simply take out the trash. To make these more fun, you can listen to music or have someone around to converse with during the activity.
Be physically active at work
There are many ways to avoid being sedentary throughout the day. Don’t just sit at your desk, convert your desk to a standing desk. If you drive a car to work, park a bit farther than necessary from your office so you can get in an extra walk. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Do some lunges when using the photocopier. These are all forms of incidental exercise that, when accumulated, can make a big difference in your health and fitness.
Use public transport
Take public transport for your own convenience. This will not only free up your time for other activities such as podcasts, it’ll also give you an opportunity for more physical activity as you’ll be walking to and from the bus, train or jeepney. This is also better than sitting in a car for long periods of time.
Constant movement is necessary to keep young, fit, and healthy. Combine a few of these tips today – modify your space, interact with kids, do the chores and get active at work. Remember small changes create lasting results when you commit to them. It’s time to be more active without effort today!
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