Optimal health requires constant
movement while awake. Being
Active aids in transporting oxygen, and the quality nutrients you
the body, depositing them where they are needed, and removing toxins and
waste. Finding ways to keep things moving is sometimes a chore in a
busy world but essential for bodily function, absorption, elimination,
caloric expenditure, and decrease in stored bodyfat.
You’ve heard the ‘park at the back of the parking lot’ thing
and the ‘take a walk after dinner’ thing so I won’t bore you. But, below some
original (well maybe not original, but ones I like), ideas to stay more active.
The Active Mindset
Thinking about ways and wanting to be more active is half
the battle. Finding simple and enjoyable activities that are beneficial to the
body apart from your regular workout routine will not only prevent you from
burning out but add something different to your mission. Whether you are trying
to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain, throwing in a couple of 20m spurts of
exercise each day will definitely improve the results you are looking for.
Take a Break From Office Work
Sitting behind the computer, and the horrific posture
associated with it, has a profound effect on skeletal structure. Positions you
place your body in become habitual and eventually skeletal. Getting up,
walking, reaching, and swinging, every hour or so can help combat the
detriments work has forced on our posture.
Also, many people have found ways to perform their work
without imposing bad posture using different seating devices or computer
screens that can elevate so you can stand.
Wash Your Car Instead of Using the Carwash
I decided this years ago after seeing the same clothes that
clean wheels being used on the paint. The scratches left behind were a definite
indicator not to go back. Washing, drying, spry wax, and the twice yearly
waxing are a heck of a workout!
Griots Garage www.griotsgarage.com and Zaino Brothers www.zainostore.com make excellent car care products.
Dogs Make Great Workout Partners
The one mammal I can always count on to get my butt out of
bed or away from the computer is my furry roommate. Always eager to get going
somewhere he’ll gladly go for 5m or an hour.
Make a Walk a Form of Exercise
Finding routes with hills, grass, trails, and stairs turns
the leisurely stroll into a challenging workout.
Take the Stairs
At your doctor’s office, hotel, parking garage, leave the
elevator for the long trips, the people that really need it, and the truly
Join a Recreational League
Softball, squash, racquetball, curling, badminton, (yes,
those two are sports), golf, and bowling leagues get you out, moving and
socializing. Just try not to head to the bar for 4 nightcaps afterward.
If you’re not used to it, pulling weeds, landscaping, mowing
the lawn, and planting are hard work.
The Body Does Not Take a Vacation
Some of my best workouts are on vacation. No schedule and
different workout environments make for a great change up. Although some claim
a vacation is entirely for letting loose and relaxing, remember, the body
doesn’t take a break.
I have been known to break a sweat vacuuming and dusting.