Humans were made to move! According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, healthy adults who accumulate at least 150 minutes of movement per week in spurts of 10 minutes or more can help reduce the risk of: premature death, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity, and can lead to improvements in fitness, strength and mental health.
The benefits of regular physical activity plays a major role in developing a healthy lifestyle. However, if you’re like most women, finding the time for a lengthy workout isn’t always available. With that being said, we’ve found five ways for you to add more movement to your day.
Add Movement to Your Daily Commute to Work
If you live close to your workplace, opt to walk or bike to your destination. Who doesn’t want to burn calories instead of fossil fuels? To learn more about the cycling or walking routes near you, visit: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Cycling/Cycling-and-walking-maps.aspx.
Park Farther Away
Perhaps walking or cycling to work isn’t available to you. If that’s the case, the next best thing you can do is forgo the parking space right next to the entrance. Instead, choose to park farther away. Not only will you add more steps to your day, but you’ll also experience greater mental clarity.
Take the Stairs
When faced with the option of riding the elevator or taking the stairs, take the stairs! Why? Stair climbing is great free workout that will strengthen your heart, and increase muscle strength and power.
Turn TV Time into Active Time
Nope, that’s not a typo! There’s nothing wrong with watching your favourite TV show at the end of the day, as long as you’re not watching it while sitting down. Instead, jog on the treadmill or ride a stationary bike while you watch, or hold a plank during each commercial break.
Plan a Sweat Date
Instead of catching up with friends over happy hour, plan to go for a walk, bike ride, or book a group fitness class together. Challenging a friend to stick to your goals with you is a great way to stay accountable.
When it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle, a little movement can go a long way. What’s your favourite way to move? Share your tips with us in the comments below!
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