Thursday, April 12, 2012

Simple everyday tips to be more active!

I thought today I would share a list from my college course on just simple tips to be more active throughout your day! Simple things like this can help you burn some extra calories and is just an all around good idea to start working these into your daily routine! 

The list is a bit long, but that is because you can substitute any daily routine for a workout related activity! For example not feeling going outside for a walk because its cold? That is okay, clean the house, sweep up, or vacuum! All great ways to be more active on a daily basis!

  • Between commercial breaks do jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, pull ups, whatever you fancy!
  • Bike to work, school or an appointment 
  • Carry a child upstairs
  • Clean the cobwebs from the ceiling
  • Clean the gutters
  • Take stairs instead of an elevator or escalator
  • Cross country ski on the streets when it snows
  • Dig post holes
  • Do errands by walking/biking
  • Edge the yard
  • fix up your garden
  • Enter a walk-a-thon in your area
  • Explore your city by foot
  • Explore a new city by foot
  • Go bowling
  • Go dancing
  • Go for a hike
  • Help out with your child's sports practice
  • Hit a few golf balls
  • Hit some baseballs at the bating cage
  • Lay cement( yeah i thought this was kinda odd myself haha!)
  • Make exercise bets ( like i bet you 20 push up's if you lose, even if you win do them anyways)
  • Move furniture
  • Mow the lawn
  • Paint the walls
  • Park farther away when at the store
  • Plant bushes or trees
  • Play catch with your child or friends
  • Play Frisbee
  • Play golf but do not rent a cart, walk the course!
  • Play tag with children, they are always so hyper its a good way to burn extra calories!!
  • Rent a rowboat
  • Ride a stationary bike while watching TV
  • Run to catch a bus or plane (some airports a huge, great for a nice jog!)
  • Run upstairs
  • Sand the deck or your furniture(by hand!)
  • Scrub the floors
  • Shovel snow
  • Sweep the walkways
  • Take a lunch time hike
  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Trim the hedges
  • Vacuum the floors
  • Walk around a large museum/mall(for all my Minnesota people this one is great for you! MOA!)
  • Walk fast
  • Walk upstairs
  • Walk to work/school
  • Wash and wax your own car
This is just a few things you can do to be more active throughout your day! Of course there is millions of things you can accomplish if you change your lifestyle! Making small steps like this will encourage you to change the way you think and you shall be one step closer to your health and fitness goals! Don't fall into daily temptation when you are trying to reach your goals! Remember to find a workout buddy, you are more likely to workout if someone is holding you accountable!! 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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