You know that going to the gym or waking up before the kids for an early morning run will help you burn calories and get in shape, but sometimes it really is hard to find the time. But, there are so many unconventional ways to get in shape, you just have to get a little creative. Even when your schedule is packed, you can still sneak in a little fitness each day. Here are 5 quick tips you can use right now to get on your way.
Get up and move
Go ahead, try it right now. Even if its just briefly, jogging in place or doing 20 jumping jacks will stop your stress response dead in its tracks, get your blood flowing, and relieve that mid day slump.
Wear an activity tracker
Whether it’s a Fitbit, a Garmin, or your iPhone, studies have show that people who wear a device that tracks the number of steps they’ve taken will actually move around more than those who don’t. See our take on whether they really work here.
Fresh air is full of negative ions, which may boost oxygen flow to the brain and decrease anxiety. Take 5 minutes outside and go for a quick walk – the additional activity will boosts your endorphins and energy.
Make the most of family time
Make physical activity a family affair. Today’s kids (and most adults) are more dependent on technology and devices than ever before. Disconnecting from the computer and smart phone is important for the health of your entire family. Instead try playing hide and seek, go for a walk to the park, ride your bikes to the grocery store. Teaching your kids to lead an active lifestyle starts at home.
Diet right – no fads
Dieting can be easy, but the idea is to create a lifestyle change, not an 8 week binge of eliminating sugar or cutting out fats. All you need to do is make small changes in your meals. Eat a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar, switch out the creamer in your coffee for milk, switch to brown rice instead of white, or choose whole grain bread over white. By eating wholesome foods and making healthier substitutions, you’ll consume fewer calories and be less hungry, which could equal a workout every day.
Being healthy doesn’t have to mean drastically changing your entire lifestyle. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple changes. Some quick-and-easy tweaks to your daily health regimen can make a big difference in the way you feel.