Modernization is both a blessing and a curse. Everything has been updated with effortless applications that make our lives easier, but there is a downside to that. All our modern technology makes it so that we don’t need to be as physically active during the day as we once were. This is one factor that has to lead to people gaining weight and developing chronic diseases.
Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy body weight and promotes good health. Even incorporating small amounts of physical activity throughout the day will give you positive health benefits. Here are some ideas on how to get moving more throughout the day.
Make a Point to Move on Your Daily Commute
Walking or biking to work will help kickstart your metabolism and help you burn calories. It may require a little bit of planning and take a little longer but in the end, it’s worth it. If biking or walking the entire trip isn’t an option, you can start small and park farther away from your office or get off the subway one stop early to get a few extra steps into your day.
Run Errands by Walking or Cycling
How many stores that you go to are within a mile or two from your home? A great way to add a bit more activity into your day is to walk or ride your bike to run errands. A basket on your bike or a utility cart on wheels can help make your trip easier!
Use a Standing Desk
Most companies are beginning to understand the negative health consequences of sitting all day and are starting to get employees standing desks. Standing burns more calories than sitting, so if you stand throughout the day, you’ll burn more calories. If your office doesn’t have standing desks, you can take phone calls while on your feet or answer emails on your mobile phone while walking around the office.
Walk to a Coffee Shop
If you frequent the same coffee shop in your office or building, try a new one! If there’s a coffee shop a block or two away from your office, try taking a quick walk to a new spot as a way to get your body moving and to take a little break from work!
Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs instead of an elevator may take a little longer, but it’s a great way to increase your heart rate! And if you work in a busy office building, it may actually save you time, as you won’t have to wait in line for the next elevator!