Hey, hey, hey! How's your day going so far? Have you been stuck at your desk for the majority of the morning? Feeling sluggish? Maybe those cookies in the staff kitchen are looking pretty good to you right about now...
Some days it's hard to be active. You're stuck finishing up a project at work and end up staying late, which means your workout gets put on the back burner. Or maybe when you get home from work the couch looks a whole lot better than lacing up your sneakers and going for a run or to the gym. The thing is though, you know that you feel better when you get your exercise in (hi, endorphins), so how do you ensure that you're active daily? Below you'll find my five tips that will help you to be more active on a daily basis. Read on, friends!
1. Park Further Away
Whether it's at work, the grocery store, the mall, or just anywhere - take the parking spot that's far away from the building. You'll get more steps in that way AND you won't have to fight over the closest parking spot with someone else. It boggles my mind when I see people legitimately getting angry if someone takes a close parking spot that they were planning on trying to park in. I mean, come on people, is it really going to kill ya to walk a bit further? Remember, it's recommended that you get in 10,000 steps each day. I know, it may sound daunting at first, but I promise you can get there! Take it slow - start with a goal of 3,000 and work your way up. Oh, and by the way, completing those 10,000 steps per day typically burns about 2000 to 3500 extra calories each week, total win in my book!
2. Get a Standing Desk
Do you work at a desk job? If so, I highly recommend investing in a standing desk. They aren't cheap, but think of it as an investment in your health. A lot of articles are saying that sitting is the new smoking, kind of scary, right? Researchers have found that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease - all the more reason to get yourself a standing desk! You could even ask your boss if he or she would be willing to look into putting standing desks into the budget, as it could cut down the company's healthcare costs in insurance.
3. Set Reminders
Alright, so maybe you feel like a standing desk isn't in the budget right now. That's okay! Here's another option for ya: setting reminders on your phone or computer to stand up throughout the day. Sounds kind of silly right? But, it's not really silly at all when you think about it. How many times have you been so into your work that you look at the clock and all of the sudden three hours have passed? Yeah, I've been there too! By setting a reminder on your computer or on your phone you'll be more mindful of how long you've been sitting. Set a reminder for each hour to get up and take a lap around the office. I guarantee stepping away for a few minutes will actually allow to be more focused and productive when you get back to your desk!
4. Don't Sit Down When You Get Home
Just don't do it. If you're someone who exercises after work at night, sitting down when you get home is a trap. How many times have you said "I'll just sit down for a few minutes and then I'll go work out"? I'm totally raising my hand right now because this has happened to me too many times! I've found that the best strategy is to put on your sneakers and get out the door to exercise as soon as you get home. No sitting down! Even better, bring your gym clothes to work and change into them there and go exercise before you even go home.
5. Prep The Night Before
This one is for all of my morning exercisers. It's 6AM and your alarm goes off. You're tired. You have a long day ahead of you at work. Hitting that snooze button is so tempting. It's even more tempting when you know you still have to get an outfit together, fill up your water bottle, and pack whatever you need in your gym bag. Make your mornings as easy as possible for yourself. Lay out your gym clothes the night before. I'm talking sports bra, shorts, top, socks, sneakers, headband - whatever you need, lay it out for yourself! Fill up your water bottle and stick it in the fridge. Just make sure that everything you'll need is already ready. This makes getting out of bed a lot (or at least a little) easier!
Well, there you have it, my five tips that will make you more active during your typical day. Let me know in the comments if you try out one of my tips or if you have your own tip to share! I love to hear from you guys.
Have an awesome day :)