How to Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Daily Life

You wake up, commute to work and sit through meetings all day. The last thing you want to do when you get home from work, after making supper, is to workout. It’s difficult to find the time to balance work life, personal and family obligations and still have time for the things we enjoy. Rather than dwell on the fact that you don’t have several hours to spend at the gym each day, create a plan that works for you.

Read on for 3 (easy!) ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily lifestyle.

Schedule it into your daily routine.

Have you ever missed an exam because you weren’t up for it? Ditched an important meeting because you were sick and tired of work? Of course not – these are scheduled events that are required of us whether we like it or not. Try to look at physical activity the same way; schedule it into your daily routine just as you would an important work function. Perhaps your day is scheduled with back to back meetings Monday-Friday. Why not wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning, schedule a workout and commit to it?

Make the conscious decision that you will choose to move.

Look at your daily routine. You drive to work, park close to the entrance of the building, take the elevator up to the fourth floor and sit at a desk for the majority of your work day. Make the conscious decision to replace some of these behaviours (that could be detrimental to your health) with more active behaviours. Choose to take the stairs over the elevator. Choose to park further away from the building. Choose to walk or ride your bike to work on a nice day. Choose to walk to a coworker’s desk instead of emailing or phoning them.

Go for a brisk walk on your lunch break.

Use your 30-60 minute lunch break as an opportunity to squeeze in some physical activity. Go for a brisk walk, get some fresh air and get your heart pumping. The walk will give you a burst of energy, reduce any work-related stress as well as make you more alert.

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