Now that the weather is clearing up, it’s about that time to start acting on that New Year’s resolution of getting back in shape.
We all have obstacles that get in the way of getting active. Expensive gym memberships, not enough time, too much equipment, and all of the other reasons that keep us from achieving our health goals.
Buffalo Soccer Club is here to help you out with these easy ways to stay active that don’t get in the way of the normal routine. These activities can be done at home, at school, at work, and just about any where.
- The easiest way to getting active is just walking. From walking around the park to walking around the house, there’s nothing less time-consuming than walking. It also costs nothing. Go for a short walk before breakfast or after dinner.
- Take the Stairs
- Not everyone has a step ladder, but the stairs are just as effective. Try to use the stairs any chance you get. As well as working your hamstrings, glutes, and calves, your core will thank you too. You can even try some simple calf raises while your there. Just use the railing for balance.
- Stand Up While Talking on the Phone
- A phone call doesn’t have to get in the way of your exercise plan. Need to take a phone call? Stand up while on the phone or continue that walk. You could do some stairs but there’s a risk of sounding out of breath to the person on the other line.
- Stretching and Squatting
- If you’re just waling around the house, you can stretch to reach items in high places and squat or bend to look at items at floor level. Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles, hence improving circulation. Squatting can also help improve your upper and lower body strength.
- Probably the most fun way to stay active is just dance. Put some music on and just move (or jump) around. Dance while cleaning or throw a dance party. Dancing can improve your muscle tone and also help with weight management. Dancing is just playing, and everyone can play.
The most important tip is to stay consistent. Every day may be too much depending on where you are. Every other day may be more suitable. Find yourself a workout partner and hold each other accountable for getting in a little 10 minute walk.
You can find more health tips at American Health Association.