Easy Ways to Boost Your Activity Level
An active lifestyle is more than simply visiting the gym for an hour or
jumping around in the living room to an aerobics tape. Be creative and find ways
to incorporate movement into almost
everything you do. Here are some suggestions from WF team to get you started and
help you boost your activity level. Believe me, if you make a conscious effort
to integrate more activity into your daily life, it will eventually become
second nature. Give some of these suggestions a try!
Walk as much as possible by parking the car a few blocks away from where
you're headed or walk to an appointment from your office instead of driving.
Whenever you're walking try to focus on long strides and a quicker than
normal pace. This gets the heart rate going a bit faster than just
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up the stairs as quickly
as you can. For a little variation, try slowing down and taking two stairs
at a time to further strengthen your legs.
During breaks at work, walk the stairs, walk around the building or walk
down the halls. Find any type of activity that keeps you moving during your
break (you can sit at your desk and relax after the break!)
Whenever you're walking somewhere, take the "long way around." Use this
technique to get anywhere you're going... from shopping at the mall to
getting a drink at the water cooler.
Donít use drive-thru windows. Park and get out of your car to do your
banking, grab a bite to eat, or pick up the dry cleaning.
At the supermarket, carry your own groceries out to the car without the
shopping cart. And remember... park the car in a spot furthest from the
Whenever possible, stand instead of sitting. Even standing still will
burn more calories than sitting on your rear end!
Loose the remote. When was the last time you actually got up from your
seat, engaged all your leg muscles, and walked over to change the channel on
Unless it's urgent, always opt for the bathroom that's furthest from
you. Better yet, use the bathroom upstairs! Do the same for answering the
telephone. Itís estimated that Americans save walking approximately 70 miles
per year with the advent of extension phones!
When cleaning house, exaggerate your movements and make them big. Wash
windows with a rag and make big arm circles and up and down movements. When
vacuuming, switch hands every so often to give your arms and torso equal
time on each side. Make long, rhythmic movements with the vacuum cleaner to
get the heart rate up and deep clean the carpet at the same time!
Plant a garden and work in it during the spring and summer. Gardening
will take your body through a whole range of movements.
Get rid of the power lawn mower or worse yet, the riding mower!! Get
back to basics with a push mower. Rake the yard the old fashioned way...
with a rake! If you have children around in the fall, pile up the leaves and
jump in with the kids!
Whenever possible with home improvement or fix ups, do them yourself.
You can tackle jobs like painting and landscaping and as an added bonus,
youíll save money too!
If you use a fireplace to help heat your home in the winter, chop and/or
stack the wood yourself. Feeling more aggressive? Load and haul the wood
home yourself instead of having it delivered to your doorstep.
If you have children, or grandchildren, spend some quality time playing
with them. Few things can jump-start your heart as quickly as trying to keep
up with a child! Play catch, jump rope, play on the monkey bars, push them
on the swing, or have a foot race.
Make a date with your partner to go out dancing once or twice a month.
Don't be afraid to cut loose and have some fun, the longer and harder you
dance, the better!
Take lessons to learn how to play tennis, racquetball, golf or any other
activity you think you might enjoy. Or, invite your partner to join you in
learning how to ballroom dance.
When spending the day at the lake, don't oil up and bask on the beach
(itís bad for your skin!). Swim, rent a row boat or go water skiing and get
active in the water.
Join the local hiking, walking or cycling club. This is a great way to
meet other active people!
Designate an area of your vehicle as "The Locker Room." In that area (or
box) put a pair of tennis shoes, clean socks, clean towel, Frisbee, tennis
rackets, softball and gloves, or any other items that strike your fancy.
Whenever you're out and about with a little extra time you can spontaneously
stop off at a park to play catch, a tennis court for a game of tennis, or a
walking path that's calling you to explore it. This is an incredibly fun way
to break up the monotony and do something that's fun and unexpected on your
own or with the whole family.