Do you want to be more active and healthy? Being healthy and active makes you feel better, have more energy and have fewer health problems.
“All you need to do” is to create healthy habits and ingrain them in your lifestyle.
Physical activity has several benefits for our overall health both physically and mentally. Being active is not just about going to the gym and workout, but also about leisure time activities like walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming, cycling, household chores, play with your kids or pets, playing games and sports.
In order to improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, reduce the risk of NCDs and depression adults should do a combination of moderate and vigorous intensity activities as well as muscle-strengthening workouts.
If you are a beginner at working out or you just want to be more active, why don’t you just start with increasing your daily steps?
8,000 to 10,000 steps a day is a decent goal for daily walking. Challenge yourself to walk as much as possible in every and each occasion. Here’s 5 Tips on how to do it!
1. Go for Walks
Go for a walk whenever you can. It can be each morning before work, in the evening after work or even during your lunch break. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes. It’s all good! And no need to go alone either… you can walk the dog, go with a friend, a coworker or your significant other… Just get outside and get those steps in!
2. Take the stairs
Skip the elevator! Five minutes climbing stairs burns up to 150 calories!
3. Park further away
Build in extra walking by parking further away from your destination. Think of the double benefit: you’ll get those extra steps in and save time waiting for a spot to free up. Plus you really don’t need to park inside the shop ….
4. Pace while on the phone
Long phone calls with colleagues, friends or family? You can pace around while you chat … Great way to improve your multitasking skills as well 😉
5. Walk your coffee break
Have your morning coffee or tea while walking. Even if you work in the office take the chance to walk around during your mid-morning/afternoon break. Make sure to stand up every hour and take a few steps.