Inactivity can lead to a number of lifestyle diseases, so it’s important to keep moving to stay healthy and fit. WHO says that people who aren’t as active have a 20% to 30% higher chance of dying than people who are active.
Did you know that one out of every four adults around the world doesn’t get enough physical activity? But how do you stay active when you’re always on the go? Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you. Here are three ways to stay active and healthy even if you have a busy schedule.
Walk to Work
Ride your bike or walk quickly to work to get some exercise on the way. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to go the extra mile. Move around as much as you can on your way to work, because that can set the tone for the rest of your day. It can make you want to eat better and will definitely make you feel better.
Wake Up and Move
When you have a long day ahead of you, it may be hard to find time during the day. So instead, try working out as soon as you wake up. Even for just 15 minutes. This can be hard to do at first, but you’ll be glad you did it in the long run.
Do some lunges or squats on the ground once you’re up. Or raise your legs straight up in bed. Choose push-ups you can do in bed or against the wall. Using a treadmill at home is a simple way to get some exercise into your daily routine. Having a treadmill right next to your bedroom can make you more likely to work out when you wake up or right before you go to sleep.
Read and Exercise
If you like to read, it will be easy to work out even though you have a lot going on. Here are 5 easy ways for a busy person who likes to read to stay in shape.
Read your book while squatting or sitting against a wall. Keep the pose until you’ve read two pages. Stop for a while and try again.
While in the plank position, read your book. Hold the pose until you’ve read a few pages or a chapter.
Push-ups with a page-turner
Put your book down on the ground. Do push-ups as you read the book. Also, you could do push-ups every time you turn a page.
While you’re in a lunge, read your book. Keep the pose for 2 pages, then switch legs.
Readings with an ellipse
Set your book down in front of you on a desk. Start by getting a cheap elliptical machine and reading while you work out. Every chapter, you should push yourself to get stronger.
Take Fitness Breaks
Take at least 5 minutes to get some exercise every hour. Try to move around as much as you can in these 5 minutes. Go for a quick walk or get up from your desk and do some spot exercises. You can sit on your chair and do toe raises and leg raises. Chair squats and arm circles are good choices.
Move While You Wait
It’s easy to just stand there and wait for the microwave to go off or for the train/bus to come. Try to move around while you’re at it to get an extra workout in. Do those calf raises and squats while you wait at the grocery store checkout. Even moving around counts as a way to burn extra calories.