With gyms closed and many people quarantined at home, we don’t get the amount of exercise we did in the past or that we need. Several times in the passing week alone, as I got in bed, I realized I barely moved that day. Between working from home and binging your favorite shows, it’s easy to neglect that aspect of our lives. Well, it’s time to stop that and get back in it. Luckily, adding more movement into your day can be incredibly simple, and here’s how you do it.
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The first thing you can do is turn TV time to exercise time. Chances are that, like me, you watched a whole lot more of TV recently. So, if you want to add some movement to your day, use this time to incorporate it into your day. Do push-ups or sit-ups on the floor, or tricep dips with your coffee table. Even if for only 10-15 minutes, this is a great way to move more during the day.
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Another thing you might consider doing is parking your car further away from the store. The next time you go buying for essentials, don’t park closest to the entrance. Choose a further spot, thereby getting some extra steps in and build up your muscles from walking further with those heavy grocery bags. Plus, this way, your car is further away from others, which is never a bad thing right now.
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Another way to get in more exercise every day is to drink more water. How does it help in moving your body more, you wonder? Well, it’s simple. The more you drink, the more you get up and walk to fill your cup or go to the restroom. It’s a win-win situation: you fuel your body and stay hydrated, and you get in more steps throughout the day in the process.
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Another system you can use is setting an alarm to make sure you’re moving every hour (or any different time stamp you set to yourself.) See, when you’re working throughout the day, it’s easy to stay sedentary for hours. So, by setting an alarm, you remind yourself to get up and move. You can do squats, lunges, a walk, etc.. Make sure you repeat it for a few minutes.
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Another great option is to take some dance breaks. Whenever I can’t remain seated anymore, I like to plug my earphones and have a bit of a dance break. It helps me get up my chair and get in some movement during my day. So, whenever you need a bit of a break, put on a song that lifts your mood, and dance around the apartment.
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The last possibility I’m going to present to you is taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking the stairs is one of the best ways to increase your daily activity. The stairs may take slightly longer, but getting your body moving and your heart rate elevated is a great mood and energy booster. Plus, you’re less likely to touch an infected surface or get close to strangers when taking the stairs.
These are of course only several suggestions, and there are many others for you to explore. Please remain healthy and safe.