Being physically active is important to improving our health. The effort of doing that, however, can be daunting. Here are 10 things you can do that don’t take much effort but result in increasing the amount of exercise you do in a day.
1- Take the stairs
Whether you’re at work, the mall, the subway, the hospital, opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If you work or live on the 20th floor, get off the elevator a few floors before yours and take the stairs the rest of the way. If you’re at a subway station you’ll reach the next floor faster than the crowd as there is generally a line up to take the escalator. If you do take the escalator, walk up or down them instead of standing and waiting.
2- Drink more water
This is healthy in general (DocMikeEvans), however, it also leads to needing to go to the bathroom more often. This means getting up and moving! You can combine this with tip#1 by going to the bathroom a floor or two above or below where you work or live, by taking the stairs. You can also use a smaller glass, meaning you have to get up more often to refill it.
3 - Park further away when shopping
When going to the grocery store, mall, work, or bank, park at the back of the parking lot instead of as close to the doors as possible. This will result in a few extra minutes of walking and movement every day. Not only is this great for your legs and torso, but if you’re carrying any bags, briefcases, or groceries your arms and upper body are activated as well. Make sure to evenly distribute multiple bags on both sides. If it’s only one bag, make sure to keep your shoulders level (instead of hiking against the weight), keep your core muscles activated, and alternate between arms.
4 - At the grocery store only buy how much you can carry (don’t use the shopping cart)
This tip works best if you are within walking distance of the grocery store. Make sure to distribute the weight across a number of reusable tote bags, or even use a backpack for heavier items when walking home with your groceries. If you don’t live within walking distance of the grocery store, try doing two trips throughout the week: the first for large bulk buying with a shopping cart, the second for repeat produce buying (because we know you’ve eaten all those healthy fruits and veggies) that you can use the shopping basket for instead.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.