It is well known that physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but for many people, it is hard to find time every day to do exercise.
To solve the problem, a scientist from Baylor College of Medicine gives some suggestions about how to incorporate fitness into daily activities.
The expert suggests several tips:
When you upstairs or downstairs, try to use stairs to replace elevator.
When you drive to some place, you can park your car a bit farther away so you get some walk.
If possible, try to ride a bike or walk to go to work instead of driving.
During lunch break, try to walk a few blocks to buy food or get a few extra steps after eating.
Use a small bottle to drink water. In that way, you can get up frequently from sitting to get water. This will break the long-time sedentary sitting and be good to your heart.
Do small exercise at your desk. This can be some simple yoga poses, some stretch, or just leg lifts and knee lifts. You can even walk around your office for a coup of minutes every hour or two.
Try to get a table with adjustable height so you can either sit or stand during working. Switching between sitting and standing can break sedentary mode and make you feel less tired.
Put some healthy snacks on your desk. Fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and refresh you and improve your mood. High-protein snacks like nuts and yogurt can boost your energy level.
Don’t be dehydrated when you exercise. Always have enough water when you work out. This can prevent injuries, cramping, early fatigue, and the possibility of fainting.
Being fitness is a long-term goal and doesn’t require lots of extra time every day. If you can incorporate fitness in your daily life, you will get huge health benefits.
You may have lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight or obesity and cancer, and you can have better mood as well as sharper cognitive functions.
You will feel better and younger, which in turn help you have better work productivity and social relationships.