One of the most important factors in living a healthy lifestyle is to become active. I’ve heard people joke around before about being active and say things like I went for a walk and when I tell them that’s great. Then they say they walked from the couch to the fridge and back to the couch or someone will say that they walked to their car. While moving at all is good, that’s not exactly what I would consider being active. Here are just a few ways you can make healthy choices to be more active.
1. Take the stairs.
So, when you go out and have the option to take an elevator up a few stories or to use the stairwell. Go ahead and choose the stairs. Sure you might be out of breath when you get to your floor but you will regain your composure pretty quickly and after doing this for a while you will find that it’s not as tiring as it once was.
2. Park further from the door.
It is truly insane how long some people will sit in a parking lot when they see someone walk to their car that is parked at the front of the parking lot. People will sit there in the car and wait for someone to put things in their car and then get in and eventually pull out. I have actually parked in the back of a parking lot and walked to the front before someone has moved their car. It is truly insane! Instead park further back and burn a few extra calories instead of sitting in a parking lot waiting for someone to leave.
3. Exercise on Commercial Breaks.
Now I know this might seem a little insane and people around you might think you have gone off your rocker, but this is one of the best uses of a commercial break I have ever seen. In all honesty I wish I had thought of it myself because it takes a short period of time (Maybe 5 Minutes or so these days) and sometimes you just might inspire someone to join you. You can do jumping jacks or sit-ups or even try doing some push-ups. You might find it hard at first but as you sit down to watch your favorite TV show you will find that exercising during commercial breaks gets a whole lot easier the more you do it.
Whatever you do be sure to try and be active whenever you can and when you have extra time go ahead and get in touch with friends and start a regular outing. Try something fun that you can really get into like a sport. You could ask a group of friends to go play volleyball at the lake or you could join a softball league or even play an occasional game of tennis. Now I am really not that good at Tennis but man is it fun oh and if you prefer to sweat indoors you can try your hand at racquetball. Racquetball is a great way to have fun while getting fit. Either way, however, you choose to become more active in life just be sure to enjoy it and really try to take some time to slow down and enjoy life.