Health

Tips for increasing your physical activity

I wrote an article about the 10000 steps strategy which has as a goal to improve people’s health. It was a few weeks ago under the title: The 10000 daily steps campaign “hardly” improves health. This healthy idea seems to respond to a great marketing campaign for selling millions of pedometers or smartphones. Health looks like a secondary goal. However, I highlighted how important was to keep an active life without stressing out with measurements and numbers. And I did remark people’s eating habits too.

No excuses

“I don’t have time”, “I am super busy this week”, “It is too cold to go outside” are just some of the most common excuses for those people who don’t want to put an extra effort and try to be more active. So, this article will provide some tips for increasing your daily movements.

Shopping. Go for shopping. Avoid buying your groceries on line. Go to the shop. Most supermarkets operate with a delivery system after your visit the store. Use it if you don’t want to carry your shopping.

Take away. If you order take away food, go and collect it.

Break at work. After you eat your lunch, go for a walk around your office building. If you work from home, go for a walk in your area for 15 to 20 minutes.

Walk with your phone. If you are in the office or working from home, as soon as you receive a private or work call, walk. Can you imagine how many steps you can make in a 10-minute phone call?

Love the stairs. Wherever you can, use the stairs. At the train station, at work… Use the stairs and avoid lifts.

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Someone walks down the stairs. Image by Dave Walker from Pixabay

Bus stations. Distance between bus stops is around 500 to 800 metres. Just get off the bus one or two stops early. Applicable for trains whatever distance seems reasonable.

Go for your water. Don’t keep a bottle of water on your desk. Keep it in the kitchen, staff room…

Car, far. If you drive at work leave your car away from the main entrance of your building.

Walking group. Join a walking group. Check near your area. You can find a walking group with people seeking a light physical activity whilst making new friends.

Kids and pets. Play with your kids. It can be very exhausting as they seem to use Duracell batteries. If you have a pet, take them for a walk whatever is applicable. Mainly dogs.

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A couple walking a dog in the forest. Image by Joshua Choate from Pixabay

As I mentioned in my previous article, move as much as you can every day, without counting your step. Use your common sense and just listen to your body. Sometimes you will reach 15,000, 10,000 or 8,000 steps and another time maybe just 5,000 or 3,000. Just move!!!

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