What’s the main thing keeping most of us from getting in better shape? Who has the time? Life in our fast-paced modern world often means that certain things fall by the wayside, and working out is often one of the first to go.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. A combination of these quick, easy tips will help you get fit in small, manageable chunks. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a big difference. Those three flights of stairs to your dentist, the airport, the mall, etc. are a great way to sneak in a little bit of cardio and leg exercise in our busy lives. Plus, it helps establish a routine of healthy habits, and habit is the number one foundation of a healthy lifestyle.
Take a Walk
A brisk walk in your spare time is another great way to keep active and healthy. Studies showthat taking at least a 30-minute walk every day has some amazing health benefits, including boosting your metabolism, trimming your waistline, decreasing stress and more. If you have a dog (or a neighbor with one) this task is even easier to get done — your furry buddy won’t let you forget it!
Skip the Sugar
Sugar — especially high fructose corn syrup and sugar in drinks — is one of the main contributors to weight gain. But we as humans crave that sweet, sugary goodness: now that sugar is easily available and highly concentrated, we tend to binge much more than we actually need. Curtailing your sugar intake is a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle. If you still need that little fix, we recommend switching sugar for a low-calorie natural alternative like Stevia.
Park Further Away
Those of us who lead fairly sedentary lives with office jobs or long commutes know that sneaking in exercise can be a challenge. Parking further away from your destination is a great way to squeeze an extra walk in.
Extreme diets are the worst, and science has pretty definitively proved that they don’t workfor the majority of people. If you want to start eating healthier but don’t think you can commit to a big change, you’re not alone! Start small by swapping one unhealthy food you eat commonly with a healthier alternative — for example, veggie chips for cheetos, or some fresh fruit for a sweet pastry. A little goes a long way!
Do a Mini-Workout
Does the idea of the gym fill you with dread? You’re definitely not alone. For those who struggle to consistently work out, mini workouts are a great way to start building the habit and train your brain that moving feels good. Do squats while you brush your teeth, run up the stairs, do small bursts of high-intensity exercises to get your heart rate up throughout the day. You’ll love how accomplished it makes you feel, and it will help you build those healthy habits!
What are some small ways you stay healthy? Let us know in the comments!