We all have times when we struggle to include enough physical activity in our daily routine. Sometimes, life makes it easy to sit around and do nothing, but the key to longevity is staying active.
No matter your lot in life, there is always a way to stay active. Take some time to check out a few of these creative ideas for including more exercise in your daily life, and figure out a few ways to enhance your lifestyle today.
Working around the house serves a dual purpose
Working around your house not only helps your “pad” look that much better, it helps you to keep active during downtime. There are many benefits to sprucing up the place. Think about it.
Simply painting a room of your home takes at least 4-6 hours of manual labor. If painting was good enough for Mr. Miyagi and Daniel San’s workout, then it may be beneficial to you as well. Just remember, “long strokes.”
Always take the stairs and park really far away
If you live in the city, then you probably see a bunch of stairs throughout your daily routine. Take the stairs. Stop telling yourself you do not feel like getting your heart rate up, and skip the elevator ride.
When you go shopping, park as far away from the front door. Instead of driving around in circles looking for the closest parking space, park in the furthest spot. You will get more exercise, and teach yourself a smidge of patience.
Keep lightweight dumbbells around the house
Keep a few lightweight dumbbells around the house, and pick them up whenever you have a free moment. You will find that a few reps with the weights will help you to focus, and over time, it will help your muscles to become more defined.
If you want a little definition in your arms, but do not feel like going to the gym five days a week, then get yourself some 10 and 15 lb dumbbells to play with when you are just sitting around the house.
Plant a garden and tend to it often
Those of us who are lucky enough to have some green yard to play with could get plenty of extra exercise by investing our blood, sweat, and tears into the creation of a veggie garden. Tending to a lot of plants is hard work. Be ready for plenty of bending, stooping, and working on your knees.
Utilize public transportation more often
If you live in the city, use public transportation more often. Not only will it benefit the environment and reduce your carbon footprint, it will help you to remain more active in your daily life. Walking to and from the bus stop is a great way to collect your thoughts on your way to work in the morning.