Simple Ways To Be More Active

Since I can remember, inactivity has been my defining characteristic. I have been guilty of everything, from faking injuries in gym class to getting winded after climbing one flight of stairs. The thorn in the side of my soul has always been finding ways to be more active and, you know what? actually using them.

If you are like me and feel the need to take a break after watching someone else jog by you, you should start slowly and build up to more challenging workouts. You won’t be able walk if you push yourself too hard at the beginning.

Here are 10 simple ways I use to stay active without fail. You’ll be amazed at how much happier you feel if you are mindful of all the little things that you can do every day to make your daily tasks a mini-workout.

1. Take a walk.

To increase your motivation, you can put in incentives if you are already feeling discouraged. I don’t subscribe to magazines anymore. I just walk to the corner shop to get the latest issues. It is also helpful to create a buddy system. Instead of inviting your friend over for tea, take it with you on a daily walk and bond. Talking will distract from the exercise.

2. Go up the stairs.

This is obvious, but how often do you use the elevator instead? You can burn up to 150 calories by climbing five minutes per step!

3. Make sure to clean your house thoroughly

This guy was not very tidy. I lived with him once. It was frustrating at the time but I learned later that a thorough tidying session can burn as much as 200 calories an hour. Sloppy Slopperson, I’m sorry.


4. Instead of using a shopping basket, use a basket.

A basket is better than a cart if you have only a handful of items to grab after work. This is a great way to weightlift (and it’s a good workout if you’re spontaneous like me, too).

5. Park further away.

You can add walking to your daily routine by parking farther away from your destination. You’ll burn calories and save time waiting for a spot closer to your destination, considering how packed parking lots can be.

6. Play with your pet.

Owning a dog means you have to take your dog for walks every day. You can tie a ribbon/string around the wrist of kitty lovers who love to watch their cats play and float around on the ground. Your cat will chase you around as you clean up or do any other chores that require a lot of movement. This is how I began to do it with my cat. He’s now obsessed! He takes it upon himself now to drag the ribbon to me – and, as any cat lover will know, he does this almost immediately.


7. Keep your phone clean and pacing.

My family and I usually talk on the phone for at least an hour. Now, I vigorously pace around the house while we talk (usually with a ribbon tied around my wrist), or I put on my headset and keep my hands free to tidy up for a tidy session.

8. Set an alarm.

Writing is my constant hobby. I often forget how much time I have been sitting down for. It seems like hours have gone by in a flash. You can set an alarm for each hour so that you remind yourself to get up every hour for at least two minutes of stretching and walking. Break Pal is a program that appears on your screen every half an hour and offers a three-minute routine.

9. While watching TV, you can exercise.

Although I should be telling you to reduce your television viewing, that would make me a hypocrite. Nobody dares interrupt my shows! There is no law that says you can’t do anything while you watch them.