10+ Ways to Increase Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
For many of us, when we are told that we should increase our levels of physical activity in our daily life, we groan- either inwardly or outwardly. We recognize that we need to move more for our health, but the thought of wandering into a gym or going for a run stops us in our tracks. So, what is our best course of action?
Both types of movement can be beneficial to your health. In fact, in many of the “blue zones” of the world, much of the physical fitness that these long-lived people achieve comes from their daily activities, such as taking care of farm animals instead of spending hours at the gym.
What is physical fitness?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, physical fitness is “good health and strength achieved through exercise.”
That being said, you can be in great shape simply by doing regular amounts of physical activity, such as taking care of a garden. You don’t have to invest in a personal trainer to feel your very best!
What are the health benefits of physical activity?
When you put an emphasis on moving more in your day, you will achieve several benefits, such as:
More energy overall
Increasing your daily step count
Exercising your heart rate
Reducing sedentary and sitting time
Giving you a sense of accomplishment
Building functional strength
Promoting better health
Adding a sense of enjoyment in life.
Incorporating stretching into your physical activities
Before you engage in any sort of strenuous activity, be sure to do at least about 5-10 minutes of warm up stretching, which is typically more active stretches, with short holds. This helps to prevent injuries and to perform your best right from the start.
It is also a great idea to do some longer-held cool down stretches after serious activity, be it household labour or an intense sport. This promotes good circulation that allows your body to recover more efficiently.
Breaking down how to increase your physical activity and movement in a day.