More tips on how to get active
Get healthier by moving more during your daily activities.
Here are some tips to get you thinking
- Avoid sitting as often as you can. If you’re watching television, talking on the phone or waiting for a bus, try standing-up and pacing rather than just sitting still. Next time you meet a friend for coffee, suggest a walk around the park while you catch-up rather than staying at the coffee shop.
- Make use of an exercise ball if you have to sit. By using an exercise ball you are engaging your core muscles while you are sitting.
- Incorporate physical activity into your family life. Find things that are fun for everyone, such as biking, hiking, tobogganing or just playing a game of catch. You’ll be so busy having fun you won’t even realize that you’re getting exercise too.
- Avoid elevators. Taking the stairs provides a great natural workout, so choose them over an elevator or escalator whenever you can. If you’re going to the top floor, or the climb is too long, go halfway on foot and then take the elevator the rest of the way.
- Get to work on your own energy. Walking, running or bicycling to work is a great way to fit in your daily cardiovascular activities. Pack a change of clothes for when you get there, and if the distance is too great, hop on a bus halfway
- Think ahead. Keeping a pair of athletic shoes and even a change of clothes in your office or vehicle will ensure you’re ready if the opportunity to exercise arises. Finish lunch early? Did that meeting get cancelled? Throw on your exercise gear and get outside for a brisk walk.
- Keep busy at home. Homes and gardens are great places for maximizing your daily activity. Get outside and mow the lawn, do some digging or weeding, or repair a broken fence. For indoor activities, putting on a CD and vacuuming, dusting or just tidying up can increase your heart rate.