With good food being one of the pleasures of life, we cannot deny that balancing out your daily nutritional intake and physical activity is key to smart and healthy living.
Having said that, “a one hour workout is only 4% of your day” is a phrase we often hear.
While it is easier said than done, many find it hard to squeeze in a workout on a busy day. Whether it’s being up early for a morning jog before work, or packing your fitness bag so that you can go directly to the gym straight from work, it often feels like there simply isn’t time.
The fact is, working out is mainly the best way to burn stubborn calories; and while we all know about it, we often underestimate how the small activities throughout the day can help – that they could contribute to our daily calorie expenditure (but if you still workout that would be amazing too!) Here are Right Bite’s to tips to increase your daily steps towards a healthier lifestyle:
1- Shop till you drop
One hour of shopping counts as a real workout, especially if you’re a woman who plans on buying an outfit but ends up with makeup, calorie burn is assured.
2- Take your child for a walk
Not only is it a good workout, but it also strengthens the bond with your kids!
3- Park far and walk more
Instead of driving around to look for the closest parking spot, walk the distance!
4- Walk your dog
It’s a great activity for both man and man’s best friend!
5- Skip the elevator and take the stairs
Stair climbing contributes a good 30 minutes to your total daily physical workout.
6- Just dance
Sometimes all you need is good music and some fancy moves to make you sweat in no time, zumba, hiphop and salsa. You don’t need to be a pro dancer, just move it!
7- Join a sports team
Choose an activity that you enjoy, such as tennis, volleyball or team runs, this will keep you motivated since it’s fun too!
8- Walking meetings
As part of a corporate wellness and team building activities, try walking meetings instead of being seated, this will add up to your daily energy expenditure.
9- Cycle for your groceries
Instead of driving to the supermarket, increase your step count by cycling; little healthy habits could make a big difference!
10- Time for some house chores!
While it might sound surprising, a good one hour house work could be equivalent to an hour of work out!
11- Get active at your work place
Save only 10 minutes of your lunch break for some stretching. Also get moving by printing your papers instead of asking for assistance and visit your colleagues’ office rather than calling them!
With these tips, reaching for your 10,000 steps a day can be easily achievable. It’s often so easy to underestimate these little activities, but the simple truth is, they all help us live healthier and longer as they generally add up to our daily energy expenditure and help us burn fat. If you don’t have time for your yoga class or a daily treadmill hour, seize your free hours to keep moving! No more excuses, instead think of ways to keep moving, your body deserves it!
Contact us at 800-HEALTHY for more information about our Right Bite’s personalized packages, such as Fuel Up for those of you who would like to lean up and have a better experience with clean eating! Our expert dietitians will be available to advice you accordingly.
Happy moving! ☺