Start Small: There have been studies done that show that only 2 minutes of vigorous exercise a day lead to a longer lifespan. Anyone can find just 2 minutes in a day! You don’t have to start by committing to 60 minutes of working out 5 times a week right at the beginning. Start with what is manageable for you and work up from there once it gets easier. The most important part is that you show up for yourself! Choose activities that will be sustainable and manageable for you. Don’t worry about what you see others doing. It is better to be consistent with something small than to start with a big challenge and quit a few times later. Here are 10 easy ways you can add more movement to your day:
1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
2. Park your car further away from your destination and walk the remaining distance.
3. Set reminders to get up and move every hour, especially if you have a sedentary job.
4.Incorporate short walks during your breaks or lunchtime.
5. Use a standing desk or adjustable desk to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.
6.Take active transportation options like biking or walking for short trips instead of relying on cars or public transportation.
7.Engage in household chores or gardening activities that involve physical movement.
8.Use a pedometer or fitness tracker to track your steps and set goals to increase your daily step count.
9.Schedule regular exercise or fitness classes into your weekly routine and calandar.
10. Find opportunities for active recreation, such as hiking, swimming, dancing, or playing a sport.
Remember, every small step towards incorporating more movement in your day can add up to significant improvements in your overall health and well-being.