Are you active or sedentary?
Your health could depend on which one of these describes you.
You don’t have to be super active to benefit from that activity, but the more you’re sitting, the more health risks you’re going to face.
You can embrace active living without becoming a full-on fitness buff. It’s a matter of fitting some fitness into each day, whether you’re just walking a little more or doing an actual workout.
However, a fitness lifestyle does have a lot of benefits.
What Is Active Living?
In order to understand what active living is, you just need to look at people that take daily walks, people that like to climb, jog, run, or enter marathons and triathlons.
Someone that lives an active lifestyle will still have a job they have to work at, a life they like to live, and maybe even a family they have to take care of.
But they make time to fit in that daily fitness because they know the importance of being active.
Why is Being Active Important?
Even though the most active and seemingly healthy person can die of heart disease, you lessen your risk with active lifestyle fitness. Join the gym. Walk on your lunch break. Hit the pool for some laps on hot days. Do yoga to relieve stress.
The more you sit each day, the more you increase your chances of heart disease, obesity, and even unsightly varicose veins.
By getting up and getting some fitness, you decrease these risks, and you help increase your metabolism. You work toward a healthy body and a healthy mind.
How to Be More Active
If you don’t think you have enough time in the day to be active, you’re wrong. If you don’t know how to be more active, here are some things you can do.
1. Get Up Early
If you don’t think you have time to workout, make more time. Set your alarm 40 minutes earlier than normal to do a 20-minute yoga session and squeeze in a shower. That workout, once you’ve gotten used to it, will boost your energy throughout the rest of the day.
2. Join the Gym
Don’t know how to get started? Try joining a gym where you’ll have all sorts of options when it comes to workouts you can do. It’s a great way to decide which routines you love and which ones you never want to fo again.
A good gym will have personal trainers – don’t be afraid to use them. Even if you need to pay a little extra for some lessons.
3. Get a Workout Buddy
Sometimes it can be hard to get the motivation to get in a workout. It can also be hard to be accountable for yourself. This is where a workout buddy will come in handy.
Find a friend that is willing to go for walks or jogs with you. If you don’t have someone interested, you can find friends online to help you stay accountable – just keep each other up-to-date on how many miles you’ve gotten in, how many squats you did, or whatever other goals you’re working toward.
4. Go to Free Yoga Sessions
Yoga has so many amazing benefits for the body, mind, and soul. If you’re not already integrating yoga into your active lifestyle, check out a free yoga session. During the warm summer months, you can usually find some to attend at local parks.
5. Join a Sport
If working out doesn’t seem like a productive thing to you, maybe playing a sport will give you some motivation to workout on a regular basis. Even golf can give you a good workout (as long as you don’t rent a cart).
Play some basketball or tennis. These are both very active sports. Other great cardio sports options include baseball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, and football.
You could also invest a little money in a pair of roller skates, and ice skates for the winter. Not entirely “sports,” but they both offer a great workout. Swimming laps is an excellent whole body workout as well, and it can be fun.
6. Walk More
Walking is a great, low-impact workout. You can easily walk more. The key to letting walking work for you is to spend less time sitting in general (invest in a standing desk, ditch your chair and just get up).
Here are some ways to get up and walk more:
- Park farther away from work and walk.
- Park on the far end of the parking lot when you go shopping.
- Walk to the store if it’s less than a mile away.
- Take walks on lunch and other work breaks.
- Wake up early and go for a walk.
- Take night walks if you live in a safe area.
- Take the stairs, not the elevator.
- Walk around the entire store when you go shopping.
- Get a job that keeps you on your feet.
- Go to the mall for walks when it’s raining out or cold out.
- Invest in a treadmill.
- Invest in walking workout videos (yes, they do exist).
What You’ll Get from Your Active Lifestyle
You’ll start to feel and look more fit, and you’ll even start to have more energy.
You’ll definitely begin to sleep better at night.
You might also visit the doctor less often – since you’re are doing something healthy for your body and mind.