Easy ways to incorporate more activity into lifestyle
Embracing an active lifestyle that leaves behind the comforts of the couch can be a difficult adjustment. But the payoffs are numerous. In addition to feeling better physically, people who embrace more physical activity typically notice improvements in their mood as well.
Embracing an active lifestyle does not mean planning that expedition to climb Mount Everest or start training for the triathlon. In fact, a few minor adjustments to a current routine might be all it takes to reap the rewards of living a more active lifestyle.
Walk This Way
Walking more can help many people quickly and easily improve their physical and mental condition. Instead of retiring to the couch after dinner, take a walk around the neighborhood with the family. Or go it alone and use a nightly walk as a peaceful opportunity to collect your thoughts. Walking after dinner is a great way to get in some daily cardiovascular exercise, and a post-dinner walk might encourage less eating.
Walking can be incorporated into the daily routine in other ways as well. On shopping trips, park further away from the store to walk more. And walk kids to school or the bus stop instead of dropping them off in the car.
Do Your Own Chores
It might be easier to cut a landscaper a check and let him look after your property, but that big green yard outside your front door presents a great opportunity to be more physically active. Mow the lawn, choosing a push mower instead of a ride-on mower, and tend to trees, shrubs and flowers. This is a great way to be more physically active, and the physical and mental rewards might just be outdone by pride when seeing the beautiful landscape.
Join a Sports League
Joining a sports league is a great way to reach weekly exercise goals, meet new friends and reconnect with a game loved as a child. Many people find it’s easier to embrace a more active lifestyle when they enjoy their physical activities, so find an enjoyable sport.
Getting off the couch and embracing an active lifestyle has both physical and mental benefits that can improve all aspects of daily life.