My activity monitor is not just for the time I spend at the gym. I actually never go to a gym. I don’t have a gym membership. It tracks my activity twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. That’s because your activity level is twenty-four/seven. You move around a lot during the course of your day. even if you don’t think that you can fit thirty minutes of exercise into your day, stop a minute and consider where you could fit some exercise in. all you have to do is be active. If you walk up three floors of stairs instead of taking the elevator, that’s a mini-workout. It’s all that you have to do. I use vacuuming the house as a form of exercise. It’s mild, to be sure, but I am more active doing that than sitting in a chair. Speaking of sitting in a chair, did you know that you can bounce in your chair and get a small amount of activity that way?
I work from my home. I can’t vary the distance to the rest room, but if you work in an office, you could. Exercising in groups can be fun. Get your office to do the wave. Anything that gets you moving is good for you. Take the scenic route to the restroom. Go to a restroom on another floor if you can. It only takes a few minutes. Park a distance from the door when you go to work or the store. Let the other people sit in their cars waiting for a parking space to open up. You get your exercise in by walking to the store and then in the store. It does add up.
Doing the laundry can be a form of exercise. You can make multiple trips to put away the clean clothes, or dance in place while you hang up clothes or fold them. Dance with the broom while sweeping the floor. Bounce on your feet while doing the dishes. It might take you a bit longer to do the chore, but it will do two things for you. One it will make the chore a little more fun and two, it will add to your day’s activity. It doesn’t matter what you do, just move while you are doing it.
It’s said that you need at least ten minutes of cardio exercise a day for it to be effective. That’s correct, but it’s your overall activity that really counts. An active lifestyle doesn’t always mean playing sports, or working out at the gym for hours. It means shoveling snow or mowing the lawn. It means vacuuming and dusting. Just take a half hour and go for a brisk walk. You don’t need to spend thousands of whatever currency you choose to use, you only need to spend some time. So figure out where you can spend time actively and do it. It’s that easy.
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