6 of the Best Ways to Stay Active Every Day
August 23, 2021
6 of the Best Ways to Stay Active Every Day
Even with a good energy smoothie, staying active can be challenging. Whether you have a desk job or you’re on your feet all day, there’s always a way to add some physical activity into your everyday life. Movement is life, and despite the lifestyle changes “Work from Home” and the internet have brought on, humans are not sedentary creatures. So, let’s talk about some ways we can keep, maintain, or create a more active lifestyle.
1. Use a Standing Desk
This may be a small investment, but if you work from home or at a desk, it may be worth it for most of your job. Many stand-up desks are adjustable and have various names, but they all have the same goal in mind – to get people up and out of their chairs while still having the option to sit down. By offering the opportunity of standing without forcing you to stand all day, this is a simple way to be more active at your desk. If you don’t want to invest, you can get creative with household objects (stack those soup cans or books on your desk; it gets the job done).
2. Dedicate a Portion of Your Day to Activity
It goes without saying that moving is part of a healthy lifestyle, which can look very different for a wide range of people. For some, it could be a simple walk in the afternoon. For others, it’s a high-intensity workout early in the morning. Whatever it is, it’s important to dedicate an allotted time to some form of activity; it doesn’t have to be completed in one big chunk, either. You could split your day up by completing a twenty-minute yoga session in the morning, paired with a 10-minute walk after lunch. Whatever it looks like, dedicating a specific time in your day makes it much easier to have an active lifestyle (and holds you accountable).
3. Get a Dog
Now, if you’re not a dog person or it simply isn’t within your means, feel free to move onto the next tip. However, since we’re talking about movement, dogs need walks and someone to walk them. That someone could be you! Getting a dog can force you to schedule some time to simply walk, play, and move – it’s an opportunity to get out and enjoy the world around you! Coupled with the companionship a dog offers, both you and your dog need activity.
4. Clean Your Home
Despite the apparent benefits of having a clean environment, cleaning is a fantastic way to stay active. Unless you have a Roomba or can afford to have your home cleaned for you, it is virtually impossible to clean sitting down. Even if you have an automated vacuum, it doesn’t catch all the details. If you do hire someone, allocating that money somewhere else and cleaning your home yourself can get you up, moving, and burning some extra calories.
5. Trade Movie Night for Dancing
Now, not everyone is a dancer or even wants to spin around the room, but the principle here matters. We all have a sedentary portion of our life, and the goal should be to trade one sedentary leisure activity for a more active one. Instead of a movie night with popcorn and soda, go out dancing with your significant other or friends! Instead of dining out, find a good cookbook and recipe you can follow and cook yourself. Taking away a bad habit is much more likely to stick if you replace it with something good. Take leisure and turn it into an active skill.
6. Make Your Breaks Active
It is impossible to be on the go all the time, which is where break times come in! Yet, just because we are taking a moment to slow down does not mean we need to hit the breaks and stop. Throw in some push-ups, bodyweight squats, and sit-ups while watching your favorite sitcom, making a “drinking game” out of it that replaces drinking with fitness. Take a walk! Rather than sitting on your break, walk. Plug into a podcast or audiobook and get outside to mentally and physically detach from the office.
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At Smoothie King, our mission is a well-rounded one that not only seeks to offer good nutrition to the world but aims to help people simply rule their days. Google “healthy smoothies near me” and walk your way on over for one of our delicious, low-cal smoothies. Come in and see just how our smoothies do not replace an active lifestyle but rather partner with it, reinforcing an active culture.