As you might already know, exercise has a plethora of benefits for one’s health and overall wellness. But for many of us, getting a gym membership or running laps is simply way too overwhelming. And then of course, there’s the fact that most simply don’t have the motivation for it. Even the most gung-ho of fitness enthusiasts have off days when they really need to push themselves.
But what if I tell you that you can stay active even if you don’t set foot on the gym? Here are some ways that will help a non-gym person to stay active throughout the week.
When it comes to staying active without needing a gym membership, walking is definitely one of the best options out there. Just committing yourself to walk more will not only burn off calories but it can do wonders for your cardiovascular health as well. For the best results, get yourself a pedometer and keep track of how much you’re walking and aim for at least 10,000 steps. Go for lunch hour walks, walk around the block every morning and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Stand up at work
Work is normally a place where a lot of us tend to be sedentary for many hours, and the outcome is a lost chance to burn off hundreds (if not thousands) of calories daily. Just standing at work puts more stress on the body that will lead to calories burned. It will also improve your leg strength and endurance. If your workplace is not a stand-up setting, be sure that you stand up once in a while and take a break from too much sitting.
Clean your home or apartment
Regularly cleaning your home or apartment is another way to ensure that you stay active throughout the week. Doing house chores can and will engage a variety of your muscle groups even without you realizing it. Go sweep and mop the floors. Do some heavy lifting using your furnishings and equipment. With light cleaning, a 150-pound person can potentially burn 85 calories in just 30 minutes. Vigorous cleaning, on the other hand, will help you burn as much as 102 calories in half an hour. Not having a room of a slob is also a big plus.
And there you go! Here are just some of the ways that will help you stay active throughout the week.