Top 10 Activity Boosters in a Hectic Lifestyle
You can add many obvious and not – so – obvious activities to your day that will
help make you more active. Whether you work odd hours, have a basic 9-to-5
schedule, or work out of your house, here are several ideas for integrating
activity into your day;
or Bike to Work :
Walk or bike to work or on errands whenever feasible. According to
the league of American Bicyclists, cycling to work not only can help
your health, it also can save money. After an initial investment of
about $750 for a city bike, a helmet, a lock, a rear reflector
light, and a front headlight, a bicycle commuter can save up to
$3,000 a year in automobile expenses. This includes lower insurance
premiums, fewer parking fees, and less money spent or gasoline,
repairs, and maintenance. Bike commuting helps the environment, too.
You Use Public Transportation :
Perhaps you can walk to and from the train, bus, or subway on at least
one end of your commute. You might like to rev up with a morning
walk, or you might find an afternoon stroll to be relaxing. (If you
dress up for walk, all you need to do is wear socks and sneakers to
and from work and carry your good shoes.)
If You Must Drive:
Park at the end of the lot farthest from the building and walk to the
door. If the weather in nice and you have time, do a lap around the lot or
the building before heading inside.
If You Are Slave To Your Desk
At work, try
to devote your lunch hour to some sort of activity; a workout at the gym or at
least a walk around the block – or several blocks. If you move briskly, you
should be able to cover a mile in about 20 minutes, one you’ve gotten into the
Take The Stairs
Instead of the elevator at your
office, in department stores, in hotels, or in your building if you live in a
high – rise.
Stand Up While Talking On The Phone
yourself a break from your desk. Standing up helps stretch your muscles and
enables you to breathe more deeply. This can help energize you throughout the
Your Job Keeps You Tied To The Telephone :
Even if your job keeps you tied to the telephone or chained to your
computer terminal, the habit of getting up, walking around, and
stretching for a few minutes (at least) once an hour does wonders
for how you feel and your productively.
Make it a practice to do simple
sitting at your desk, and do so periodically throughout the day. Try
reaching your hands over your head to stretch your arms and back, arching and
rounding your back to loosen your spine, and rolling your head from side to
side to stretch out your neck. If you work in a computer terminal, drop you
arms toward the floor, and extend your hands with palms down at right angles
to your forearms .
If You Need To Contact A Colleague
Walk over to talk or drop off a memo whenever you can, instead of relying
on the phone, e-mail, or interoffice mail.
Keep A Big Fit Ball Near Your
Keep a big fit ball near your desk and use it as
your chair as much as possible. The ball keeps your posture straight and
prevents hunching over.
The amount of activity you slip into your routine might be
minimal compared to a construction worker, a waitress, or a retail saleswoman
who is moving around all day. Even though these little trips seem like
trivialities, they do add up- as long as you don’t make the destination of
those office walks the snack bar or the candy machine. Be sure to drink water
throughout the day and be mindful of your posture throughout the day.
Dated 19 June 2015