Smartphones, iPads, tablet computers, and smartwatches keep us connected both personally and professionally. We can now attend meetings anywhere - at home, at work, or even in our cars. Our calendars are so overloaded that we have to schedule in time with family. So, how can we possibly squeeze in some type of physical activity into our hectic day.
Let’s take a look at what types of activity you can do that wouldn’t take a chunk of time out of your already-packed schedule, but still provide some health benefits.
Physical activity is any activity that gets your body moving and raises your heart rate. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five days a week.
If you’re a beginner, start slowly. Start with a brisk walk for 10 minutes a couple days a week. You can even do your walk during a break at work. After you’ve built up your stamina, increase that 10 minutes to 15 minutes, then add another day to your routine. Add a couple more activities into your schedule until you’ve reached 30 minutes of activity a day.
Here are a few moderate activities you can add to your week that can be both fun and beneficial to your health:
- Riding a bike to work (if possible)
- Dancing while cleaning the house
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Playing tag with your children
- Taking a walk, jog, or swim during lunch
- Taking fitness breaks, instead of coffee breaks
- Walking the dog
- Parking farther away from your destination
- Throwing a ball with your child
- Taking a walk after dinner
Slowly adding activities to your week is a great way to start. Many people find that asking a friend to join in makes it easier to get started. After a few weeks, build up to doing more activities for longer periods and more often.
Before you realize it, you’re doing regular physical activity each week and are ready to do more.
So, to quote the great Olivia Newton John, “Let’s get physical.”