When it comes to working out and our fitness goals, a lot of us make up excuse after excuse as to why we can’t make it to the gym. Making these excuses can throw us off track and can derail any fitness goals we had in our minds. So, how can you stay active even when you find yourself lacking the time and maybe even motivation?
The following are a few good ways you can stay active and fit during your daily grind:
Choose a New Parking Space
Have you ever found yourself driving around the parking lot of a store you need to visit trying to find a nice close spot right up front? Well, why not forego the close spot and choose one a bit further away?
Finding a further parking spot allows you to get a little more walking in. You will have to walk a further distance than you would if you parked closer meaning you will get some activity into your daily routine.
In the same respect, instead of opting for the elevator or escalator, why not try the stairs?
Choose a New Lunch Spot
Instead of going the short distance to the cafeteria in your building, why not take a nice little stroll to a new lunch location down the street? This is also a good idea if you find that you live in close proximity to shops and other areas of interest. Even a short walk to the grocery store or café is a good way to get those steps in.
Choose a Different Desk
Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in the workplace because they offer a reprieve from being stuck in a chair all day. Did you know they can also help you burn calories? With a standing desk, you will find that you no longer have to slump over your desk and keyboard so any neck and shoulder pain you experience may also disappear as well.
Change Small Habits
To promote a healthier and more active lifestyle, there are also those smaller details you can start paying more attention to. Let’s say it is dinner time and you have a glass of water with your meal. Instead of filling a large glass or bottle, opt for a smaller one; this means you will have to get up and go to the kitchen to refill your glass and in turn, you are moving. Even just a few extra steps during the day can make all the difference.
Do Your Chores
Even doing only half an hour of household chores per day can get you moving about and active. Emptying the dishwasher, watering the garden, doing some laundry, picking up your kid’s toys; these are all good ways to stay active at home.
Don’t Push Physical Therapy Aside
Finally, if you find that you suffer from any aches and pains that may be limiting you from maintaining an active lifestyle, then physical therapy can help. They can help with weekly cardio and endurance goals and show you exercises that can help stretch and strengthen those muscles to ultimately lead you to a more active and healthier lifestyle.