Ways to Stay Physically Active

Staying physically active can be a challenge for many but it’s important that we don’t enter a monotonous and sedentary lifestyle as this type of lifestyle is related to many cardiovascular conditions. In general, being too sedentary does your body no good keeping yourself active, flexible and in shape is crucial to have a good general health. Here’s some tips to add to your daily life to help you transition to a more active life style:

Use the stairs instead of elevators when you’re heading to 2nd and 3rd floors. If you’re heading to a fourth or higher, it would be wise to use an elevator to avoid sweating but if you don’t mind, walk up those stairs!

Walk to places that are closer to your home rather than taking your car. If you’re going to a store or someone’s house nearby and you know you could easily walk there (10-15min walk) then take that opportunity to boost your cardiovascular system!

Join a gym, work-out class or club. Going regularly to a gym with a group of people or by yourself is a great way to motivate yourself to go and actually spend 30-60mins working out.

Take 30 minutes walks 3 times a week. Walking is the best exercise for your body and your heart. You can either use a treadmill, elliptical machine or you can go to a park.

Pick up hobbies that challenge you physically such as swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, snorkeling, scuba diving and others. These hobbies and activities are a great way to stay active and develop skills important for survival in emergencies or situations where your life is at risk.

Look up 10-15 minute work-outs. Most of these work-outs are short but intense and either target specific areas or cover your whole body. These are great to do early in the morning or when you arrive home from your day. This is a great option if you are too busy to set aside 30-60 minutes to work-out.

Look up work-outs or challenges for your favorite TV shows/series. There’s many work-outs available online for different types of shows with instructions on what to do when something happens in the show. These are a great way to stay active and avoid being a couch-potato!