The majority of adults today have a basic understanding of the benefits regarding exercise and the impact it has in reference to whole body wellness. However, awareness and action have yet to be bridged in order to prevent the majority of chronic medical conditions today. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advertises that a healthy diet, eliminating smoking, and 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week greatly reduces the risk of chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
Even with this knowledge, it has become increasingly difficult to act on this information in our hectic day-to-day life. So, how can you achieve an active lifestyle while working that 9-5 and balancing work, school, and children? Below, we will be discussing 5 practical ways to implement 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week.
Yes, the elevator is convenient and a time saver, but instead of jumping right on, try to find another person to walk the stairs with at work. Finding another person encourages accountability so you don’t have to jumpstart your health alone.
Most working individuals receive at least an hour lunch break. Instead of spending an entire hour eating, try breaking up your lunch break into 30-minute increments. Give yourself 30 minutes to eat lunch and 30 minutes to walk outside your office building. Raining? Try walking inside the office building or walking the stairs.
Most individuals are already up early in order to get themselves and their families ready for the work or school day. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and go for a walk or run around your house or apartment complex. Another option is to go to your local gym for a quick workout.
Cleaning your house can definitely count as exercise considering a thorough clean typically takes at least 30 minutes. This activity incorporates walking from room to room, squatting to clean the floor or shower, and working on upper arm strength while scrubbing the tub or tiles.
Rather than a movie or show, try doing dinner and dynamic activity, such as indoor rock climbing, trail riding or walking, roller skating, ice skating, trip to the zoo, putt or frisbee golf.
These are a few activities to incorporate into your daily life in order for you to achieve your goal of 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week. The most important part of implementing physical activity as preventative medicine is forming habits of motion rather than idleness.
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