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7 Ways To Get More Active In Your Life

Regular exercise can help you keep a healthy weight, improve your mental health, and just feel better in general. But not everyone has the time or money to work out as much as they’d like to. And if you’re a busy person (like me!), it might seem impossible to find the time to work out.

If you have trouble getting yourself to go outside and move around, making exercise a regular part of your routine may help.

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Here are 7 easy ways to do it.

Exercise At Lunch Time 

Getting some exercise at lunch is a great way to start living a more active life. It’s often the only hour of the day that we have to ourselves. So it makes sense to use this to your advantage.

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Get your energy back with a quick jog around the block or two minutes of your favorite physical activity, even doing a little scooting will do. Then get out of the office and eat somewhere else. Taking a walk with coworkers during lunch is a great way to get some exercise and talk to people at the same time.

Setting Yourself A Goal 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. Research shows that just this much movement can offer a wide range of benefits, such as better memory and thinking, less anxiety, and a lower risk of dementia, heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers.

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So, that’s a great place to start when you want to set a goal for your workout. If you do something every day or every week, you’ll be more likely to reach your goal. Pick a routine you already have and add your new habit to it. This will remind you to do the habit every time you do the routine.

So, if you want to work out every day, do your workout after something you do every day anyway, like brushing your teeth, eating lunch, or taking the trash out. Speaking of lunch, a lunchtime workout not only helps you get in your weekly minutes but also makes you more productive.

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Move your workout from your to-do list to your calendar to make sure it gets done. This is another way to make and keep a workout habit. Make sure you look at getting the right equipment such as a yoga mat, weights, or even batting tees and golf clubs if you want to do something outdoors to get off to the right start. You’re never going to hit your goals if you don’t have the right setup, to begin with. 

Make The Time For Exercise 

The big question is: How do you fit a workout into your busy schedule? The good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym for an hour every day to get your 150 minutes per week. You could go twice a week and sneak in a half-hour session on the side. Or, work out for 22 minutes every day. No matter how you break it up, the results will be close to the same, if not the same.

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If you don’t want to go to the gym, you could try running errands instead.

Move Around During The Day 

Instead of working out during your lunch break, you could try doing some exercises at your desk. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t moved around in a while. Do some simple stretches at your desk to get some exercise and shake off any tiredness you might be feeling.

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You can make your chair workout more difficult by adding some light weights to your routine. And if you work on the phone, put that headset to good use by getting up and walking around the office while you are on the phone. Even if you’re a busy mom who’s always on the go, one of the best ways to get exercise is to have a job that makes you move around.

Walking Or Biking To Work

Another easy way to get more physical activity into your day is to switch up your commute. Taking a car or bus is definitely the more convenient choice. You might think it’s better to just sit still on the way to work, but you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel if you move around.

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So, you can get some exercise without stopping what you’re doing at work, and you won’t have to worry about being late. You can always walk to work if you can’t buy a bike. Before you hop on a bike, make sure you know the rules of the road in your area. Because being close to such big vehicles can make you feel scared.

Going To The Gym Or A Class 

It may be challenging to get someone to sign up for a class or join a gym. If you consider it an additional hour of work, it will be simple to fit into your schedule.

At gyms and in classes, you can choose from a wide range of exercises that are all made to fit your needs. Home gyms don’t usually have as many activities as commercial gyms, so it’s important to find a workout routine that you enjoy and can keep doing for a long time.

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Additionally, if you are concerned about finding someone to watch your children, there are a lot of gyms that offer excellent childcare services. If money is tight for you, one option to consider is participating in an online fitness program. They are not only simple and inexpensive to employ but also produce excellent outcomes.

Add Some Exercise To Your Grocery Trip 

This is a fresh perspective on the matter that one might not have considered before. It is an odd thing to do to exercise in front of other people, and doing so is sure to make you feel awkward. On the other hand, the only purpose of the goods is to serve as a substitute for free weights.

Consider the amount of time you spend traveling on foot. A trip to the supermarket once a week is a fantastic way to enhance the amount of physical activity you get on a regular basis.

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When your agenda is packed to the brim, it might be difficult to find time to engage in physical activity. The guidance provided in this article should have made it abundantly clear that working out does not have to be an activity that you perform in isolation from the rest of your life.

You can easily add them to your routine without putting in much extra work. This is a unique alternative to consider.

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13 Comments

  1. I need to get more exercise in my life. I enjoy biking and walking, but I love to do it outdoors most. I’m lucky enough to have some exercise equipment at home though.

  2. I have been chasing around my son’s basketball. He loves it and it’s time we get together too, which gets rarer as they get in their teens. 😉

  3. If you work from home there’s also options like desk pedals so you can keep moving even when you’re still sitting down!

  4. I think signing up for an exercise class is a great idea because you’ll be more motivated to exercise especially if you paid for the class!

  5. I just read that exercising is also good for mental stability I think walking to work is great because it forces you to exercise.

  6. My husband and I always keep track of our steps when we’re at the supermarket. LOL. I also do my best to have my exercise everyday.

  7. Amazing tips to be active. I used to play volleyball, do zumba and lift weights (all before the pandemic) but now, I focus more on eating lowcarb, and probably get back to zumba soon! 🙂