Sneaky Ways To Add Physical Activity To Your Day

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The old adage “add years to your life and life to your years” couldn’t be truer than when it comes to physical activity. It really is worth dragging yourself off the couch for 20 minutes and getting moving. Your body will thank you. These days we don’t have the excuse of not wanting to miss our favorite TV show because you can either just record it or watch it online later on! Here are 6 ways to increase your daily physical activity:


1. Take the stairs!

If your dentist is on the second floor, for example, take the stairs instead of the lift.

Woman walking up the stairs (Source: huffpost)

Woman walking up the stairs (Source: huffpost)

2. Drink plenty of water.

Sounds weird? Totally! But it has a double benefit, the obvious one is that it keeps you hydrated and helps keep you regular. But the other less obvious one is that you will need to get up off the couch or out of your favorite chair more often to go to the bathroom (more moving)!

Pouring water into a glass (Source: indiatimes)

Pouring water into a glass (Source: indiatimes)

3. Park as far as possible from the door.

Instead of driving around in circles, wasting gas and time, park a bit further away and get the benefit of a bit of extra walking.

Cars parked in parking lot (Source: gvsu)

Cars parked in parking lot (Source: gvsu)

4. Get your vacuum cleaner out.

Housework is surprisingly physical and is a great way to get you moving. By doing a small task each day you can spread the work load over a few days and get your body moving more often. Plus, you get a sparkling clean house!

Vacuuming the house carpet, housework (Source: goodtoknow)

Vacuuming the house carpet, housework (Source: goodtoknow)

5. Yard work

Yard work not only gets you moving, but it also gets you outside for fresh air and sunshine for some vitamin D. Raking up leaves, weeding, and hedge trimming will all get your heart rate up and make you use different muscle groups for each task.

Raking the autumn leaves (Source: pggardenservices)

Raking the autumn leaves (Source: pggardenservices)

6. Buy a pedometer.

They aren’t expensive and they are a good way to monitor your movements. Even just being aware of how much you walk can have the unconscious effect of increasing your activity levels. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. Sound a lot? You’ll be surprised how it adds up just by taking on some of the tips above.

Couple jogging on the beach on a sunny, clear day (Source: ideal-living)

Couple jogging on the beach on a sunny, clear day (Source: ideal-living)