We know that physical activity is important to our health, but when we think of physical activities, we think of taking an hour or more out of our day to accomplish it. What if it didn't involve a lengthy amount of time? What if it's just doing something that you're already doing but in a different way? What if is just a habit that you employ to increase the amount of mobility or strength you use throughout the day? This updated post shares 8 easy tips to get you moving (to see the original post click here).
1- Take the stairs
This is great for our legs - we can get some strength and even cardio by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If you work or live on a high floor, get off the elevator a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way. If you’re taking the subway, most often you'll beat the crowd (and avoid it) by taking the stairs instead of the escalator. If you are taking the escalator, save some time by walking up or down them instead of standing and waiting.
2- Drink more water
The one thing that will always make us get up and move is the need to go to the bathroom. A full bladder is not a great feeling, but it is a great motivator to get up off your chair and take a quick walk to relieve yourself. Drinking water is healthy in general (see DocMikeEvans related video), but it also gets us 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
We're tempted to park as close to the doors as possible. There are multiple benefits, however, by parking further away. Not only is the few extra minutes of walking 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. When carrying bags, make sure to evenly distribute them on both sides of your body. Or, 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.
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.