8 Ways You Can Get Yourself Walking in 2018
2018 has become the year I got into a healthy mindset. Thanks to some physical test results that showed I had some high levels of cholesterol, I finally decided to take the plunge and get my health under control. According to BMI, I was already 70 pounds overweight and probably wasn’t feeling quite as good as I wanted to. I could only establish that feeling by drinking a delicious Dunkachino from Dunkin’ Donuts or a caramel frappachino from Starbucks. Sure these drinks gave me the boost I needed for awhile, but they weren’t the most healthy way to maintain my energy. Thanks to a daily walking/running routine I’ve established, I am feeling better than ever these days. I’ve been able to accomplish this without over caffeinating myself with drinks that were probably helping to hurt my cholesterol. Even before I started doing this, I always liked to look for ways to get myself moving a little bit. I am used to living a sedentary lifestyle thanks to my career so I know it is important to get up and move. If you also live a sedentary lifestyle and are looking to start moving a little more, the following tips may help build yourself up to the point where you will want to take on more challenging exercises. Here are a few things that I’ve done over the years:
Park Further Away From The Building
The first instinct many people have when they drive somewhere is to look for a close space to park. This is a good goal to strive for, but if you are looking to get in better shape, then it might be in your best interest to look for a space further away. You may even want to incorporate this as a part of your work or shopping routine. It could serve as a subtle way to gain a little more fitness while maintaining your daily routine. Over the course of time, this will become a good habit that will feel natural and become of your routine every time you go out.
Find A Casual Activity Like A Flea Market Or Festival
Walking around a noisy event or a place where people are trying to sell their old junk may not be your cup of tea, but I have found these two places to be a fun way to get a little exercise and do something that is interactive. By the time you are done trying rides or picking out a few old items to take home, you will have gotten a few steps in without even realizing it. It’s also a great way to get out there, have some fun, and maybe even make a new friend or two in the process. You may also be surprised by what you might find if you ever go to a flea market.
Get Up And Walk Around The Office
My career is very deadline driven. So much so that it is pretty difficult to find time to get up and walk away for a few minutes. However, especially over the course of time, i’ve found that time management means everything here. This might be a topic for another blog, but if you manage your time effectively, you can fit in a 10-15 minute walk at the office on a daily basis on most days. Plan ahead and make a daily office walk a part of your workday.
Find A Friend To Keep You Motivated
Although I usually do my exercising alone, I have to admit that doing it with somebody can reinvigorate your feelings about the process. Finding a friend who is on the same mission can help make reaching your fitness goals much more fun. Maybe track your progress together on an app such as the health app that comes with the iPhone.
Listen To Music Or A Podcast
The idea of taking an hour to just listen to music and get some fresh air is enough to get me motivated to run a lot of days. As much as I love music, I tend to keep the noise off while I am working on blogs and other projects related to it. The time I spend listening to music is a good release and helps me to re-energize my mind for the rest of the day. The double shot of running/walking and listening to music gives my mind, body, and soul a great refresh that helps me to take on the rest of the challenges of the day.
Find A Peaceful Place To Walk: Hiking Trail, Park, etc.
Sometimes the best way to recharge is to find a peaceful place you can go to and just be quiet for awhile. This is why love going to places like the Appalachian Trail or a local state park in order to get away from the fast paced noise of today’s society and just get in touch with myself for awhile. This does wonders for your spirit and well being. I highly recommend doing this atleast once a month. You will not only get a lot of exercise, but you’ll also be able to recharge and get away from the noise of the world for awhile.
Do Chores Around The House
One reason I enjoy doing chores so much nowadays is because it gives me a reason to get a few more steps in everyday. I especially enjoy the days I steam mop and vacuum our house. This is a long process that usually takes about 2 hours. That is a lot of exercise time I am getting in while also doing something that makes the house look great and keeps my wife happy too! Even if you live in an apartment, doing chores is a great way to jumpstart your day and get you motivated to do some other activities.
Play Video Games
Yes, you read that heading correctly. There are atleast two ways I know of that video games can help get you moving more. The first one is playing any type of game that gets you off the couch. Just Dance is one of my personal favorites. This game will get your body moving in all different directions. It’s a fun way to build up your stamina, have fun, and get in shape. The Wii is also a great tool to use too. There are a number of fun interactive games that will get you moving. From Wii Sports to something a little more intense like the Michael Jackson Experience, you can get a great work out in from the comfort of your living room. Also, I used to work with somebody who would play video games while working out on an exercise bike.
Although these are the ideas I incorporate into my life, there may very well be other great ways to get exercise. If you have any, let me know what they are in the comments. Perhaps I will give them a try myself as I am always looking for new ways to get up off the couch and get moving!