5 Tips for Easy Peasy Physical Activity

27 Jul

Diet and physical activity go hand in hand as components of a healthy lifestyle. But setting aside time to engage in physical activity can sometimes be a bigger challenge than actually doing it. The trick to making it part of your day-to-day routine is to stop thinking about it in the conventional sense (meaning fancy equipment and complex routines).

Below is a list of suggestions of how to make physical activity much more manageable as a daily routine. Granted, none of them alone will be enough to have you rocking an elite athlete’s physique, but that’s not the point. The point is to JUST MOVE – a little bit, everyday.

Pic courtesy of J.Mulik

(1) Get involved – There’s nothing like getting involved with something to make you feel personally invested in it. The more you put in the more you stand to get out. Gardening is a great way to be active AND to take greater control of what you eat. What’s more, there’s a lot of pride to be had in being able to directly contribute to the meal on your plate – especially since you’ll know more than anyone how much you put into getting it there.

(2) Incorporate inconveniences – We’ve all heard these before; take the stairs instead of the elevator, park far from the mall entrance, get off the subway one stop earlier and walk. They represent a collection of teeny tiny choices that we can all make to help get us moving. We may not be able to afford the time and money for an expensive gym membership or a personal trainer, but we can all afford to make small choices like these, every day.

(3) Tackle your ‘to do’ list – We’ve all got them. Those pesky items on our to do list that NEVER seem to get done. And chances are, if your list is anything like mine, there’s a reason they never get crossed off – there’s probably a lot of grunt work involved. The reality is that manual labor is a really simple way to be active. Plus it has the added bonus of being super easy on the wallet. So get up and take down those inappropriately-out-of-season Christmas lights. Sift through your bulging closet to organize your clothes. Not only will you dodge being sedentary, you’ll be on your way to minimizing that list … finally.

(4) Make a game of it – From thought provoking puzzles to competitive sports, games are a familiar part of life. With an open mind and a whimsical attitude, we can make a game out of virtually anything, including physical activity. Try doing 5 push ups every time you forget something in the house and have to go back for it. Hide the remote. Get down and dirty playing outside. Whatever you do, just make a habit of doing it often. Usually, the most fun games are also the ones that somehow get your blood pumping.

(5) Move with purpose – When it gets hard to make time for your yoga class, lunch break walk, or ballroom dancing lesson, focus your efforts on quality rather than quantity. While participating in your favourite activity, move with purpose. Stretch further, dance more passionately, and walk with more spring in your step. Challenge yourself and push your limits. Most of all, just enjoy it!

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